Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that corrects misalignments with your teeth and jaw. Many patients need orthodontic treatment and may not know it. At Tran Family Dentistry & Associates, we offer orthodontic treatment for both children and adults. Orthodontics can help you achieve a better oral health, improved aesthetics, and teeth that will last you a lifetime.
Do you need orthodontic treatment?
Our dentists can determine if you need orthodontic treatment. During a consultation visit, we will use diagnostic tools to perform a clinical exam and review your dental history. X-rays, photographs, models, and 3d scanning will give us a comprehensive overview, and help us develop an individualized treatment plan. Candidates for orthodontic treatment include patients with:
- Crowding. Crowding occurs when there is insufficient space within your dental arch to accommodate your teeth.
- Overbites: Overbite is a common condition where your upper teeth are too far forward.
- Underbites: Underbites occur when your lower teeth are too far forward.
- Spacing: Spacing issues arise from significant gaps between teeth.
- Crossbites: Crossbites occur when your upper teeth meet your lower teeth without overlap.
- Misplaced Midline: The midpoint of your upper teeth does not align with the midpoint of your lower teeth.
Forms of Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment involves the use of a corrective appliance. Appliances can be removable or fixed onto the teeth, depending on the severity of your problem. Some forms of orthodontic treatment include:
- Braces. Braces are the most common form of treatment. Braces consist of metal brackets, wires, and small rubber bands. The brackets are bonded to the front of the tooth and linked together using a thin wire. The bands are used to attach the brackets to the wire. Every few weeks the wire is tightened to put tension on the teeth, and shift them to the proper position. Todays braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than ever before.
- Aligners. Aligners are an alternative to traditional braces. Using a series of plastic trays, your teeth will slowly shift into the correct position. Aligners are removable and discrete, making them an ideal choice for adults.
- Space maintainers. A space maintainer is used if a baby tooth is lost prematurely. The space is preserved until the permanent tooth erupts. Space maintainers are sometimes supported by a stainless steel dental crown. They can also be removable.
- Specially fixed appliances. These appliances are used to control tongue thrusting or thumb sucking. Special fixed appliances are a last resort.
- Retainers. A retainer is usually worn on the roof of the mouth to prevent your teeth from shifting after orthodontic treatment. In some cases, they can double as a palatal expander during treatment.
- Headgear. Headgear is a device that is placed around the back of the head and attached to a fixed wire in the mouth. Headgear slows the growth of the upper jaw and pulls the teeth back to correct bite misalignments.
- Jaw repositioning appliances. Jaw repositioning appliances are used to train the jaw to close in a more agreeable position.
Learn More About Orthodontics
If you would like to learn more about your orthodontic options, call (206) 212-0394, and schedule a consultation visit today.