If you have crooked teeth, a overbite, or gaps in between your teeth, you may qualify for orthodontic treatment that can correct your bite and give you a straight smile. Many people mistakenly think that braces are only available for children, but in fact orthodontics can be used to benefit just about any age group. To determine whether or not orthodontic treatment may be the right option for you, it's helpful to first take a look at the types of problems that this treatment can solve, as well as what the various benefits of orthodontic treatment are. The first step towards any treatment is to sit down with your dentist for X-rays and a consultation, however.

There are numerous problems that orthodontics is meant to treat. Some of these can include gaps between the teeth, affected teeth, a overbite or underbite, or crooked teeth. If your smile does not line up correctly and you have a crooked bite, then gently moving the teeth through orthodontic treatment may get your teeth back in the right order, giving you a smooth, straight smile and a well-aligned bite. This full process can take anywhere from 18 months to three years for completion, although this number may vary on the individual.

Some of the methods used to do this include the use of traditional braces as well as other forms of movement brackets. The full-on headgear and rubber bands of the past are still used in extreme cases, but with the latest orthodontics methods on the market you can move your teeth without anyone notice in many cases. Some of the benefits of straightening your smile can include improving your self-confidence, and producing a better facial profile by realigning the jaws for cosmetic purposes.

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Over the years there have been many advances in the way orthodontic treatment is delivered but none so substantial as the Damon Self-ligating System. This uses a force system that is 'biologically sensible' and applies just enough force to stimulate cellular activity without crushing the blood vessels around the roots. The upper jaw is allowed to expand naturally almost always reducing the need for extracts.

The Damon system is the incorporation of passive self-winding brackets with new high technology arch wires selected to keep the forces light through treatment. By not over powering the biomechanical system the body's own physiology allows the arch to grow naturally without the use of mechanical expanders. The result is much more patient specific and ideal for each individual.

It is also possible to start treatment much earlier when the first permanent molars and incisor teeth have grown in. This could be as early as 7 years of age. In fact it is the best time to look at wherever the child is likely to need braces because it is possible to influence and guide the growth of that individual to the best possible conclusion.

The most significant change in orthodontic ideology is to look more at the face and not just straight teeth. Beautiful faces have ideal facial proportion. Craniofacial orthopaedics looks at facial disharmonies and abnormalities and it is important to look at the body pattern and how the teeth have been influenced by the rest of the body.

By understanding body mechanisms and integrating these with those of the head and bone the teeth sit in it is possible to make a lasting change. This could mean curing back pain and providing headache treatment in the long term. The way the teeth meet (the bite) locks the body into a dysfunction pattern. … Read the rest

Many people think of orthodontists as providing only traditional braces. However, orthodontics has come a long way in recent years and your orthodontist can treat problems with a wide variety of options. Braces can be made of many different materials optimized for strength, versatility or subtle appearance. Your treatment option may include standard braces on the outside of the teeth, clear ceramic braces that are more difficult to see, or imaginary braces placed on the back of the teeth. Aligner trays are also used for orthodontic treatment. These are removable and need not stay in the mouth as permanently as braces.

Orthodontic treatments are not used solely to improve the appearance of the teeth, although this is usually the most noticeable change to onlookers. Having teeth that are properly aligned and a correct bite is very important. If your teeth are misaligned, you may not be able to clean them properly. When your floss and toothbrush can not get the job done, your teeth will decay, develop cavities or even fall out. An incorrect bite can make it difficult to speak or eat. Over time, a bite that is not corrected will wear your teeth unevenly. Many such problems are also uncomfortable and even painful.

If you believe that you or your child may need orthodontic treatment, you should talk to your dentist or orthodontist right away. Treatment works best when it is performed on children and adolescents. The jaw and teeth are easier to reposition while the face is still growing and developing. Once a patient has reached adulthood, treatment may become more difficult. Different treatment options must be used and the time it will take for adjustment to be complete is usually much longer. This is not to say that adults can not see a orthodontist however, as … Read the rest

By looking at the dental condition of your children at this stage, dentists can actually predict the dental problems they may face in the future. Enabling them to advise treatment before the problem has a chance to develop.

The dental framework of children between the ages of 6-10 is still developing. This makes them much more responsive to any form of treatment. Orthodontic treatment can help assure that the permanent teeth, that they are yet to grow, reside in their corrected positions.

Benefits of Early Treatment
Early dental assessment and orthodontic treatment has many advantages:
• Dentists can develop a better idea as to what dental problems a child may suffer from in the future
• Prevent the need for young patients to undergo more invasive and painful treatments later on
• Significantly improve a child's smile and appearance
• Serves to boost the confidence and self-esteem of young children and prevent them from feeling dissatisfied with their looks
• Dentists can instruct children to discontinue any habits that may be harmful to their teeth like thumb-sucking or tongue pushing

The Purpose of a Dental Evaluation
A dental evaluation is not only for kids that require early orthodontic treatment. Its purpose is to assess the general dental wellness of children and their parents. It is important for families to create a bond with their dentist or orthodontist, so that in the future if their assistance is required parents or kids are not hesitant to pay them a visit and seek treatment.

Dental Conditions that would require Early Orthodontic Treatment
The following are all dental conditions that can be effectively rated through early orthodontic treatment

• Cross Bite
• Open Bite
• Deep Bite
• Overbite
• Overcrowding
• Misaligned teeth
• Spaces between teeth
• Missing Teeth

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If you are unsatisfied with the way your teeth look or function, orthodontics can help. Crooked, overcrowded, or protruding teeth have an effect on more than just your appearance. The positioning of your teeth can influence your susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease, the way the teeth align, in addition to your total oral health and well being.

Ortho Treatment changes the positioning of your teeth and in so doing enhances their appearance and functionality. Orthodontic treatment can also greatly enhance facial physical appearance and how your jaw muscles and joints operate. Using braces, retainers, or other devices to provide slight pressure over the span of several months or even years, your teeth can be slowly shifted into the desired location.

Orthodontic complications can be a result of accidents or behaviors, such as finger and thumb sucking or tongue-thrusting or may be caused by genetics. Your local orthodontist can treat the following orthodontic problems: crowded or crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, open bite (when the backside teeth match up and the front teeth do not), inadequate or an excess of gaps in between your teeth, extra or missing teeth. Every orthodontic issue is different, but the most frequent orthodontic issues treated with children are often inadequate alignment, while for older patients it is crooked and crowding teeth.

Orthodontics may focus on dental displacement only, or orthodontic treatment could also take care of the control and modification of facial structural growth. Orthodontic treatment may be performed for purely aesthetic motives as well, such as restoring the overall appearance of your teeth. In the end, treatment not only improves your visual appeal, but your oral health at the same time.

Crowded, crooked and protruding teeth have an effect on your physical appearance and may impact self confidence. Your teeth are also prone … Read the rest

Most dentists agree that the curriculum in the majority of dental schools does not adequately cover the subjects of orthopedics and orthodontics. I believe that the knowledge and understanding of orthopedics (functional orthodontics) is the missing link in the education of general dentists.

FUNCTIONAL ORTHODONTICS

Ideally, children with developing malocclusions should be treated with functional appliances in order to guide their growth and to prevent more serious problems later on. Functional orthodontics has, as its foundation, balanced function of all components of the stomatognathic system. Properly developed arches, patent airways, the mandible properly related to the maxilla, and correct vertical dimension all contribute to balanced function of the head, neck and facial muscles. Children treated with the functional philosophy can be done non-surgically and without the extraction of permanent teeth in most cases.

MAXILLARY ARCH

Since the roof of the mouth is the floor of the nose, a properly developed maxillary arch encouragements nasal breathing and can assist with improving such symptoms as nasal allergies, asthma, and sinus problems. One of the most common causes of constriction of the maxillary arch is an airway obstruction, which causes mouth breathing. Another cause of constraint would be enlarged tonsils, which prevent the tongue from posturing on the roof of the mouth upon swallowing. It is the ability of the tongue to position itself on the palate that allows for proper lateral development of the alveolar processes, which helps to develop the maxillary arch to its normal size.

MAXILLO-MANDIBULAR RELATIONSHIP

This narrowing of the maxillary arch, in turn, causes the mandible to be held in a retruded position. This retrusion of the mandible is implicated in jaw joint disorders as well as snoring and sleep apnea. The nerves and blood vessels are located at the back of the socket of the TMJ (jaw … Read the rest

Most adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Crooked teeth make many people feel self-conscious, reserved, or even ashamed of their appearance. Poorly positioned teeth can make people feel unhappy about their smile but having to wear metal braces for 2-3 years is equally unappealing. 6 Month Smiles is the latest in cosmetic orthodontic treatment for adults. It can be used to treat a wide variety of positional problems (many more than invisible braces and the Inman aligner) that previously required metal braces or intensive drilling and extracts.

Six Month Smiles is a modern twist on orthodontics. There is little debate that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and substances to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

Six Month Smiles employs the latest technology and techniques to move your teeth quickly and safely. It uses special nickel titanium wires and focuses on moving the teeth that show when you smile.

It uses tooth-colored braces and wires, meaning that they are barely visible. It also uses a lower force to move teeth, making it much more comfortable than metal braces Overall, the makes 6 Month Smiles treatments nothing like the classic train-track metal braces.

The main benefits of 6 Month Smiles are:

• The wires and brackets are small, tooth-colored and discreet.

• The cost is about half of traditional or invisible braces.

• Treatment time is reduced by 75% compared to conventional treatment.

• No drilling down of teeth (necessary for most veneer cases)

• Discomfort is minimal.

The main drawback of 6 Month Smiles is that it does not correct problems involving the molar teeth. … Read the rest

Dental Orthodontic braces are costly investments, but can be very much worth the price. Depending on the severity of the problem, expenses can range anywhere from four to ten thousand dollars. This depends mostly on the length of time the braces must stay on, how many orthodontic appointments are needed, the nature of the problems, or if new technology must be utilized.

Braces are used for many different problems. Some are used just for cosmetic purposes, like straightening teeth and closing gaps. Cosmetic reasons for getting braces are often not covered by insurance companies. The good news is that braces may not have to be on for very long if teeth just need to be straightened. They shift fairly easily over the course of six months or so. Provided you wear your retainer after as recommended by the orthodontist, teeth will stay straight forever.

Other times there are intenet jaw problems that need braces to realign the bones and joints. They can relieve headaches, locking or clicking jaws, tension through the upper body, and even vision and hearing problems. This is because the jaw has a very close proximity to other organs. Inflammation of the jaw joint can cause hearing loss or trouble with vision. If you have these problems, your braces may be partially or fully covered by health and dental insurance.

These problems may be more expensive because your jaw is more difficult to shift than just a few teeth. The orthodontist must also be more careful and exact with this movement, since shifting jaw bones will have a larger impact on your whole head than just a few teeth. The more intensive time frame and more numerous visits to the orthodontist office may mean a higher cost.

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For most children, orthodontic treatment will begin during their middle school years ages 11 to 15. Some children will benefit from corrective procedures performed earlier. Until the child's baby teeth are gone, there is little that can be done to manipulate the permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth can often need extraction to free up space allowing the permanent teeth room to grow. Most dentists will refer you to an orthodontist to get a second opinion for your child's particular needs.

Most of the time, a child under age 11, will find the visit a confirmation that everything is on track. Typically, the orthodontist will see them back in a year or two. These orthodontic visits are almost always free. On a later visit, once permanent teeth have emerged completely, the orthodontist will be able to make a recommendation.

Orthodontic Care in Middle School and High School
Middle school and high school are no longer relaxing time for teens before they have to decide on their careers. Just imagine having to make all the decisions for your future as a 13 or 14 year old and on top of that be self-confident about your smile. Years ago if a teen had crooked teeth metal braces were the only option and the sight of these devices in your mouth could lead to even more stressful situations.

Clear braces technology will gradually straighten your teeth though the use of a series or progression of gradually changing plastic molds that gently guide your teeth into your perfect smile. Now your teeth can be straightening while you prepare for adulthood and no one will be the wiser to your new smile.

Clear plastic braces have other advantages over metal braces that ensure better hygiene and tooth health. Since the aligners can be removed for eating, … Read the rest

Orthodontics is a dental treatment that focuses on rectifying, preventing and treating any irregularities of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists also focus on treating disorders and abnormalities in the jaw area.

Cosmetic dentistry is a highly specialized science and different areas of cosmetic dentistry focus on different problems.So, it is important to know when to approach an orthodontist.

Basically, an orthodontic problem is one that has to do with 'bite problems'. So, you must visit an orthodontist, if you have any of the following problems:

1. Crooked or crowed teeth

2. Misaligned teeth

3. Overbite or underbite

4. Extra teeth

5. A disorder or misalignment in the jaws

These days, many young children and young adults suffer from 'bite problems'. Most of these problems are associated with misaligned teeth. Although patients of any age may benefit from orthodontic treatments, the best age for treating developmental misalignments is between 10 and 14 years of age. That said, even adults can consider undergoing orthodontic treatments for problems that are trapped in childhood.

Fixing braces is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments. In the past, braces were made of metal. They were painful and looked quite a mouthful. These days, however, clear, plastic braces, otherwise known as invisalign treatment, is available for people with alignment problems. These are convenient and fast. Most importantly, the clear braces can not be seen and may be removed and cleaned as required.

How to choose an orthodontist in Ohio

Ohio is one of the most advanced states in the US, when it comes to quality dental care. With various developments in technology, patients can expect to find the best orthodontists in Ohio.

The best way to find a reputed orthodontist in Ohio is still the old fashioned way – word of mouth. Ask your regular dentist … Read the rest

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