Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Treatment

Orthodontics

The field of orthodontics focuses on malocclusion, a condition in which the teeth are incorrectly positioned when the mouth is closed. This positioning results in an improper bite, which can lead to more severe dental health problems.

While orthodontics primarily aims to improve oral function and health, treatment can also be purely cosmetic.

Problems Fixed with Orthodontic Treatment

You should schedule an appointment at Bonita Dental Care to see your dentist or orthodontist about orthodontic treatments if you believe you need treatment for the following problems:

Protruding front teeth or overbite

Orthodontic treatment can protect the teeth from damage during injuries or falls. It will also improve the appearance of your teeth.

Crowding

If your teeth do not fit comfortably or are overlapping, your dentist may remove one or more teeth to make room for others. This may be followed by alignment treatments.

Impaction

This happens most often in adult teeth, particularly wisdom teeth. It is a result of a tooth not emerging from the gum or bone, or only partially doing so.

Spacing

If there are gaps or spaces in your teeth, you may need to have it treated. This is the opposite problem that crowding presents.

There are other problems that your dentist or orthodontist can identify and recommend treatment for. These are just the most common ailments. Teeth grinding and clenching, or clicking or moving the jaw may also be resolved with orthodontic treatments.

Orthodontic Benefits in Bonita Springs

Your dentist or orthodontist at Bonita Dental Care can carry out several treatments depending on your dental health needs. These treatments have an array of benefits, including:

  • Closing gaps between the teeth
  • Aligning the tips of the teeth
  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • Improving speech and chewing ability
  • Improving the long-term health of teeth and gums
  • Preventing long-term trauma or excessive wear on the teeth
  • Treating an improper or painful bite

If your jaws and teeth do not properly develop, malocclusion can occur as a result. Malocclusion itself is not a disease or fatal but can lead to other unpleasant results, such as TMD, depression caused by a lack of self-confidence, and injury to the teeth or facial bones.

Beginning Treatment

Typically, orthodontic treatment can begin around the age of 12, when the adult teeth have come in and developed fully. However, it is not uncommon for adults to seek treatment later in life, as some problems may not be apparent right away.

Younger children that have a cleft lip or palate may require orthodontic treatment before their adult teeth have fully developed. Consult your dentist or orthodontist on treatment options and timelines.

It is important before, during, and after treatment to continuously maintain good oral hygiene. Attend all dental visits and check-ups, and practice daily maintenance by brushing, rinsing, and flossing your teeth twice a day.

To receive a consultation for orthodontic treatment in Bonita Springs, call our office at Bonita Dental Care to schedule an appointment.

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