Braces are a common sight in our society, but why? Let’s look at the benefits of straightening your smile through orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatments, such as braces, are used to treat malocclusion (“bad bites”). Malocclusion occurs when the teeth are too crowded or crooked when the jaws close, or the top and bottom jaws don’t line up properly. These problems can be inherited for some people; others experience oral injury, mistimed tooth loss, or adverse effects of thumb-sucking, which can lead to orthodontic care being necessary.
Orthodontic care can correct the damage done by malocclusion, as well as help stave off damage in the future. These problems could include jaw problems, gum disease, cavities, and uneven wear on tooth enamel. Bad bites are harder to keep clean, and can even affect the way you speak.
Orthodontic care can begin at any age after 8 years old. Adult orthodontic care is becoming more popular, as treatment options become more discreet. Orthodontic care is becoming more socially acceptable for people over 18.
Depending on how bad your bite is (and which treatment options are available to you), treatment will likely take 1-3 years. This will be followed by a period of time wearing a retainer, to ensure that your teeth remain in place.
For more information, call William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC in Alhambra, California, at 626-458-8898. Dr. William B. Hentosz and our team are happy to help you get the straighter, healthier smile you want!