Everyone has imperfections with their teeth, but sometimes we choose not to just live with them. When you want to improve the look and function of your teeth by correcting irregularities, you need an orthodontist you can trust – like Dr. Paige Woods at Brighton Dental, a clinic serving a wide range of San Diego dental needs.
What Is Orthodontics?
A dentist with special training in dealing with dental irregularities is called an orthodontist and practices orthodontia. The most frequently occurring irregularities are malocclusions – the imperfect positioning of teeth when the jaw is closed. Many people think of orthodontists as the dentists who provide braces for teenagers, but orthodontia involves much more than just braces.
Most orthodontics involve correcting misalignments of the teeth or the jaw. These misaligned can be unsightly if teeth are crooked or in the wrong position, but there’s more to it than that. Misalignments can cause or be involved in debilitating and embarrassing issues including speech issues, chewing problems and an inability to practice good oral hygiene – because a toothbrush or floss just won’t fit where it should.
What An Orthodontist Can Treat
An orthodontist can treat a wide range of specific conditions, including these:
• Anteroposterior deviations. This fancy term means overbites, underbites and other cases where either the upper and lower teeth arch sticks out more than its counterpart, causing speech and chewing problems and other concerns.
• Overcrowding. There’s nothing fancy about this term, and it means just what it says. An orthodontist can treat situations where there’s simply not enough space on the jawbone for all teeth and cases where teeth are too close together. Teeth can be realigned or removed as required.
• Aesthetic concerns. In some cases, teeth problems and bite issues can negatively impact the overall shape of the face. If this is a concern for you or your child, an orthodontist can restructure and realign the jaw and teeth to make a consistent and beautiful smile that looks more pleasing and natural.
How An Orthodontist Can Treat You
An orthodontist today has many modern dental tools, devices and techniques to work with. When you see Dr. Woods in her capacity as an orthodontist, she can help you with:
• Traditional braces. Involving brackets attached to all or certain teeth and an arch wire that connects them, traditional dental braces are among the most commonly administered orthodontic procedures and can properly align teeth.
• Invisible braces. Involving a series of tight, clear plastic trays that fit over teeth, invisible braces can bring teeth into alignment without wires or brackets.
• Headgear and facemasks. Used less often than in the past, facemasks and headgear can be used along with braces to resolve developmental dental issues and can move both teeth and the jaw.
• Retainers. Used along with braces to help hold recently moved teeth in their new positions, retainers are often worn at some or all times for months after orthodontic treatment to maintain the results achieved.
If your teeth aren’t aligned properly, you need to see an orthodontist. We offer orthodontics, general and cosmetic dentistry at Brighton Dental and look forward to the opportunity to show you the different and better way we do things at our San Diego dental office.
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For alignment issues, contact us and let us help you resolve your bite and alignment concerns for better function, better looks and a better life. We’re here for you at Brighton Dental with a solution to every kind of dental issue – and we look forward to serving you. Why not contact us now?