Orthodontics can fix a wide range of concerns with the teeth, including overcrowding issues, spacing problems, overbites, and underbites. With so many options for treatment available, patients with orthodontic problems can achieve the gorgeous smile they’ve always dreamed of having.
Orthodontic treatments can be started at any age, though many dentists recommend that patients begin between the ages of 7 and 10. Starting young allows orthodontists to diagnose and correct problems with the proper timing, allowing children to avoid having to deal with more complicated issues that may require more invasive treatment later in their lives. At Hendricks Family Dentistry, we can help you choose the perfect treatment option for your smile based on your individual needs and lifestyle habits.
Traditional metal braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments using a system of brackets and wires. Brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth, while wires are placed through the brackets and are tightened at each visit to move your teeth gradually over time. Metal braces can be the best option if you have severely crooked or misaligned teeth.
Ceramic braces are made from tooth-colored ceramic material for a discreet appearance. While both options work similarly, some patients may prefer the clear appearance of ceramic braces over the metallic look of their traditional counterparts.
Unlike traditional metal braces and clear ceramic braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, making eating and cleaning much more accessible during treatment. The aligner trays are custom-made to fit comfortably around your teeth and gradually shift them into their proper positions.
Improved confidence is commonly reported by people undergoing orthodontic treatment, which can lead to improved social and professional interactions. Straighter teeth can also reduce the risk of gum line irritation from rough edges of teeth or overlapping teeth that rub together.
Braces make it easier for patients to brush and floss properly, which can keep gums healthy and prevent bad breath caused by bacteria buildup in the mouth. Addressing orthodontic concerns can also help improve the overall appearance of the smile.
One benefit that comes from getting braces is it stops you from getting cavities and gum disease. That’s because it's harder to clean crooked teeth properly when you have crooked teeth. With braces, you can straighten out your teeth and create little nooks and crannies that make it easier to brush and floss your pearly whites daily.
Some problems that may develop later in life include temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), bruxism or teeth grinding, and sleep apnea. Having straighter teeth may help with these problems.
Each treatment option works differently to straighten teeth and help patients achieve their ideal smile. To discover more about orthodontics treatment, visit Hendricks Family Dentistry at 4181 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212, or call 330-225-1433.