Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that is involved with correcting teeth or jaws that are improperly positioned. Teeth that don’t fit together correctly (malocclusion) are more difficult to care for and may lead to increased oral health issues in the future. The appearance of the face is affected as well. Some malocclusions are inherited and some are caused by acquired habits such as thumb sucking. Spacing left from an extraction or early loss of a baby tooth can also cause a malocclusion. In recent years many individuals have sought out the benefits of orthodontics for both medical necessity as well as for cosmetic reasons.
If you are considering braces, Dr Yash is happy to evaluate the alignment of your teeth and discuss the available options with you in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.. Teaming with our expert staff, you can be sure to achieve the lasting, beautiful, straight smile you’ve been waiting for!
Cincinnati Orthodontic treatment has many benefits. Straighter teeth will greatly improve self confidence. An improved bite will reduce potential health problems with the teeth or jaws. Misaligned teeth or jaw problems can contribute to improper cleaning of the teeth which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Untreated orthodontic problems can lead to uneven wear of tooth surfaces, chewing difficulty, speech impairments, and digestive problems.
It is recommended that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than the age of 7. Although orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, early treatment ensures maximum dental health.
Wearing braces has never been easier. State-of-the-art treatments and appliances range from traditional metal braces, to tooth-colored or clear brackets, to heat activated wires that require fewer adjustments! Invisalign is a great choice for some patients. This system uses clear retainer-type aligners that are barely visible.
Reasons to get braces (adults and children)
Crowding: This can involve poorly positioned teeth or extra teeth.
Crossbite: One or more of the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth toward the tongue.
Overbite: The upper front teeth overlap the lower teeth. In some cases the lower teeth bite into the tissue of the upper front teeth.
Underbite: The lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw and protrudes.
Spacing between teeth: Teeth may be too small, too large, or missing.
Jaw and joint pain: Excessive strain on gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints. This can lead to headaches or face and neck pain.
Disfigurement of face and mouth: This will affect the position of the teeth and development of the jaw.
Missing or extra teeth
Swallowing or breathing problems
Speech, chewing, or biting problems
Reasons to get braces specifically for children
Thumb or finger sucking: This can cause the upper incisor teeth to protrude. It can also cause mouth breathing.
Teeth erupting out of position: Braces can guide the teeth into proper alignment.
Three phases of orthodontic treatment:
1. Planning phase
A dental and medical history is evaluated.
Molds of your teeth are taken.
Photographs of the head, neck, face, and mouth are taken.
X-rays of the teeth and jaws are taken.
These will allow careful evaluation of your case so that a treatment plan can be determined. Dr Yash will discuss your treatment options with you.
2. Active Phase
Braces are applied to the teeth. Regular visits to the dentist for evaluation and adjustments are required for successful treatment.
3. Retention Phase
The braces are removed and a retainer is made. Usually a retainer is removable. It will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn consistently.
The length of the treatment and retention phases varies for each individual case.
Orthodontics was originally developed to treat children and teenagers but now almost one third of orthodontic patients are adults. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that diagnoses, treats, and prevents malocclusions and other irregularities of the face and jaw. A malocclusion, or improper bite, can affect people of all ages. It can affect the person’s speech, ability to chew, and facial symmetry as well as contributing to physical conditions such as TMJ, digestive problems, gum disease, and severe tooth decay.
What dental problems can be corrected by orthodontics?
The typical problems that require orthodontic treatment are:
Overcrowding: This occurs when there is not adequate space in the jaw for all of the adult teeth to fit. This can lead to rotated, displaced, or misaligned teeth.
Overbite: This is when the upper jaw (maxilla) protrudes over the lower jaw (mandible). This produces a toothy appearance and the impression that the chin has receded.
Underbite: This is when the lower jaw protrudes in relation to the upper jaw, giving the appearance of an overly prominent chin.
How can orthodontic problems be corrected?
A variety of techniques are available to realign the teeth. Even the most severe cases of misalignment can be treated. After a thorough visual exam and evaluating panoramic X-rays and bite impressions, a treatment plan will be determined.
Fixed dental braces consist of ceramic or metal brackets that are affixed to each tooth and an archwire connecting the teeth that is used to gradually move the teeth into place. Other appliances include retainers, headgear, Invisalign aligners, and palate expanders.
Dr Yash performs some orthodontic procedures and will refer his patients to an orthodontist when needed. If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontics, please call or contact our office.
If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontist Cincinnati treatments, please call or contact our office.