There are many advantages to well-aligned teeth, including easier to clean, better oral hygiene, clearer speech and a more pleasant smile.
Here are some of the common conditions treated with orthodontics:
- Overbite - upper teeth are further forward than the lower teeth
- Underbite - lower teeth are further forward than the upper teeth
- Overcrowding - occurs when there is insufficient space for the normal growth and development of adult teeth.
- Aesthetic problems - A single misaligned tooth may mar a beautiful straight smile.
Dr. Harris will perform a visual examination, panoramic X-rays, and study models (bite impressions) to assess the exact nature of the discrepancy.
When a diagnosis has been made, there are a variety of orthodontic treatment options available.
Fixed orthodontic braces – A metal or ceramic dental base is affixed to each tooth, and a dental wire is inserted through each base. The orthodontist can gradually train the teeth into proper alignment by regularly adjusting the wire. When the desired results are achieved, the fixed dental braces are completely removed.
Invisalign® – This is a newer, removable type of dental aligner that is transparent. Invisalign® does not interfere with eating because of its removable nature, and mechanically works in the same way as the traditional metal dental braces. Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign®.
If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontics, please contact our office.