Orthodontic care is a type of dentistry in which your teeth are moved into the proper alignment in your jaws. You may need orthodontics if your teeth are crowded or you have malocclusion. The goal of orthodontic care is to properly align your teeth for optimal functioning and a beautiful smile.
Expanders and Braces
Before your teeth are straightened, your dentist may give you a palate expander. These devices are used to make more room in your upper jaw. Braces are a commonly used orthodontic device. They consist of metal wires and brackets that connect your teeth. About once per month, your dentist makes an adjustment to tighten the wires and brackets. This applies pressure in specific areas of your teeth and shifts them into the correct position in your jaws.
Invisible aligners are a newer type of orthodontic care. In this method of treatment, your dentist takes digital images and physical impressions of your mouth. These are used to create the thin, clear aligners. You will get a set of 20 or more aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks. The aligners shift your teeth into position. The aligners can be removed when you eat, brush, or floss. You will wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day.
Benefits of Orthodontic Care
When your teeth are properly aligned, you have a lower risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. This is partly because teeth that are correctly positioned are easier to clean. Your dental enamel will also have less wear and tear when your teeth are aligned. Orthodontic treatment may also help with jaw problems, difficulty chewing, or speaking.
Call the dental practice of Sunen Pandya, DDS, today to learn more about orthodontic care.