Orthodontics is the dental specialty for treating malocclusion, the condition commonly referred to as “bad bite”. Orthodontic treatment corrects a “bad bite” by exerting a gentle pressure over time to straighten teeth. The braces that exert this pressure are fitted by dental specialists called orthodontists. Modern braces are much less noticeable, and some patients can even be treated with practically invisible braces, called clear aligner therapy.
Braces exert this pressure with brackets that attach to teeth and arch wires that run from bracket to bracket. Modern dentistry has made this hardware much smaller and less visible. In some cases, one of our dentists here at South High Dental can use brackets and wires that are transparent or attach behind the teeth. Clear aligner therapy is a newer technology that uses clear appliances that look like mouthguards. Ask our team here at South High Dental what is recommended for your particular circumstances.
Most malocclusions or “bad bites” are hereditary. These inherited problems include too much space between teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, crowded teeth, as well as various jaw issues. Some malocclusions are acquired through prolonged thumb-sucking, early or late loss of baby teeth, or accidents. However the malocclusion developed, our dentists here at South High Dental can recommend a course of orthodontic treatment that corrects it.
Our dentists here at South High Dental knows that braces are a very reliable way to improve the appearance of your smile. This improvement may affect more than just your appearance as it can make you feel more attractive and more confident. They want you to have a beautiful, healthy smile – one that you can be proud of. Many “bad bite” problems affect not only the teeth, but the development and appearance of the face. Malocclusion can affect the way a person looks, talks, and chews. Discuss your particular circumstances with our team.
Teeth can be moved by orthodontic treatment at any age, but some treatments are more effective when one is younger. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an evaluation for children no later than age seven. Adult patients can very often get the same results as child patient, but in some instances the treatment will take longer. Our dentists here at South High Dental can show you options for your particular circumstances.
Straight Teeth are Healthier Teeth
The health benefits are clear when your teeth are properly aligned.
When your teeth are properly aligned, it’s easier to brush and floss around. You are also less likely to have pockets of trap bacteria between teeth and gums.
When your teeth are aligned, it reduces tooth decay, the risk of gum disease, and plaque retention.
Less Wear and Trauma
When your teeth are aligned, it reduces the risk of tooth wear, chipping, and breaking. It can be expensive to repair teeth that are worn, chipped, or broken. Stress on the jawbones and joints can be reduced when teeth are aligned.
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