Orthodontics is a specialized aspect of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial abnormalities. Your orthodontist is able to straightening teeth, correct misaligned jaw structures and improve the function of your smile.
Although it is easy to understand the cosmetic benefits of straight teeth, many do not realize the health benefits associated with straightening your teeth. When teeth are in malocclusion or are misaligned, they are more susceptible to bacteria build up, cavities and periodontal disease. When teeth cannot be cleaned properly, they have an increased risk of mobility and eventual tooth loss.
Orthodontics today is innovative and not how most adults remember it as kids! Orthodontics used to consist of large metal bands that were placed around each tooth. Today, the materials are much less noticeable and are designed to move teeth more efficiently. Your doctor will discuss your different treatment options and what is best for you!