Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of dental problems closely associated with misaligned teeth.
Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a good position, preserve space for permanent teeth, and reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth.
At our practice we are committed to helping our patients to understand how important the role of an orthodontist is. Even if your child’s teeth look straight enough, there could still be irregularities with their bite.
Parents may take their children to an orthodontist because they have some bad habits that are affecting their teeth. For example, if a child continues to suck their thumb after their teeth have come in, it can have a devastating effect on the structure of their teeth. It can cause their teeth to become misaligned, which will not only affect the child cosmetically but will also affect their ability to eat and possibly speak
Malocclusion is when your teeth or jaws don’t properly align and can include conditions such as crowded teeth, underbite, overbite, crossbite, and open bite. These bite problems can lead to irregular wearing of your tooth surfaces, repeated biting of your inner cheeks or tongue, soreness when chewing or biting, speech problems, and extreme stress on your gum tissue and jawbone.
At age 7, most children’s first molars have broken through and most children complete their dental growth by age 12. So, having orthodontic intervention, for teeth overcrowding for example, decreases the need for extraction of permanent teeth.
Most adults choose to undergo orthodontic treatment because there is something wrong with the aesthetics of their teeth.
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