Orthodontic treatment involves braces, retainers, or other corrective devices to correct teeth and jaw misalignments. Misaligned teeth are more challenging to keep clean, resulting in tooth decay or gum disease. Braces and other orthodontic appliances work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth and jaw to encourage proper alignment over time. Once orthodontic treatment is finished and patients are in their final stages of care, the orthodontist at Century Dental Associates, may recommend a retention period to ensure the teeth remain appropriately aligned. Retainers may also be recommended after procedures like teeth whitening to help patients maintain results.
What Causes Orthodontic Problems?
Keeping your mouth clean is more challenging when your teeth aren’t aligned properly. Food particles and bacteria can easily get caught in the nooks and crannies of your misaligned teeth, creating a breeding ground for plaque. You’ll need to see your dentist for regular cleanings to prevent these problems from developing.
In addition, some orthodontic problems result from missing or extra teeth. These issues can make it difficult to chew your food, which can cause other health problems such as malnutrition. Misaligned jaws can also cause speech impediments or abnormal facial development in children. Your dentist can help treat these issues with braces or other treatment methods.
What Problems Can Orthodontic Treatment Correct?
There are many problems that orthodontic care can fix, including misalignments and gaps between teeth, crowding and spacing issues, protruding front teeth, bite problems, and more. However, to address any of these problems, you must see an orthodontist for a consultation. They will determine your condition's severity and what type of orthodontic treatment options are available. Depending on the severity of the problem, your treatment options may include braces or Invisalign aligners. Both options will provide a straightforward way to straighten your smile while keeping your teeth healthy!
Braces are the traditional method of straightening the teeth, which uses metal brackets and wires to attach to your teeth. The braces apply pressure to the teeth so that they move into place over time. Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligner trays instead. You will change your trays every two weeks as your treatment progresses until your teeth are perfectly straight!
Visit Century Dental Associates at 111 John St., Lobby, New York, NY 10038, or call (212) 587-3000 to schedule a consultation if you want more information about orthodontic care for yourself or your child. We would be happy to answer any questions and help you reach your goals for your smile.