Orthodontics corrects improper tooth and jaw relationships. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease. This condition can also cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
Do I need orthodontics?
Only your dentist or an orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. At Luna Dentistry, we use a range of diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photograph to determine your candidacy for orthodontic treatment.
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
There are many different types of appliances that are used to help move teeth, restrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.
Some of the conditions that may require treatment:
where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth
where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
- Open Bite
space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
- Misplaced Midline
when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
when there isn’t enough space in a dental ridge to accommodate the space needed for all teeth, thus forming “bunched up” teeth.