Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with diagnosing, preventing, and treating teeth and jaws that are improperly positioned. When left untreated, crooked teeth or misaligned jaws can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Like regular dental care, orthodontic care is essential for good overall health. However, orthodontic treatment does more than improve the appearance of your smile; it can also help keep your teeth and gums healthy by preventing undue wear to your enamel. At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, orthodontic treatment involves using braces, retainers, and other corrective appliances to correct the position of the teeth.
Straight teeth lead to healthier smiles because they are easier to brush and floss. When the teeth are crowded or overlapping, it becomes difficult to clean them properly. This can lead to tooth decay and other health problems related to oral health.
A straighter smile also improves oral health by making it easier to bite, chew, and speak correctly. This can prevent speech and TMJ disorders that may lead to headaches and jaw pain.
An uneven smile is also more likely to experience gum recession as certain teeth become more exposed because of the misalignment. When gums recede, pockets can form between the teeth, and gum tissue becomes looser. If left unchecked, this plaque accumulates more efficiently, possibly contributing to gum disease and tooth loss.
Traditional braces are metal brackets bonded to the teeth and connected with archwires. These braces apply gentle pressure to move the teeth into their desired positions over time. They are highly effective for correcting dental misalignments and bite issues. Traditional braces are visible but have become more comfortable and streamlined in recent years.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces but use tooth-colored or clear brackets instead of metal ones. This makes them less noticeable and more aesthetically appealing. Ceramic braces are an option for individuals who desire a less visible treatment option but still require the effectiveness of traditional braces.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are a popular alternative to braces. They are custom-made, clear plastic trays that gradually move the teeth into alignment. Clear aligners are removable, allowing for easier oral hygiene and eating without restrictions. They are virtually invisible when worn and offer added convenience for those seeking a more discreet treatment option.
Visit the Center for Advanced Dentistry Consulting at 105 N. Bascom Ave, Suite 201, San Jose 95128, or call (408) 549-7133 to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your specific needs and goals. They will evaluate your case, discuss the available options, and recommend the best course of treatment to achieve optimal results.