Q: What problems do orthodontics treat?
A: Orthodontic treatments are used to correct a condition known as malocclusion, which is essentially an uneven bite. When teeth are crowded or crooked, it can result in malocclusion. This can happen even when the teeth appear straight, but the upper and lower jaws do not meet properly. Crooked and crowded teeth make oral hygiene difficult, resulting in additional problems. While orthodontic treatment is meant to create a healthier mouth, it can also result in a beautiful smile.
Q: What causes malocclusion?
A: Teeth and jaw problems involved in malocclusion can be inherited. Thumb-sucking and premature loss of teeth can lead to these problems as well.
Q: When should I start orthodontic treatment?
A: It is generally recommended to begin orthodontic treatment early, which is why young people make up the majority of orthodontics patients. However, orthodontics can be used to treat people of any age.
Q: What do orthodontic treatments include?
A: Orthodontists evaluate a patient’s bite using several methods examinations, X-rays, and impressions of the teeth and bite. The results are studied and used to develop individualized treatment plans. Braces are typically used to fix uneven teeth. In some cases, orthodontic treatments cannot fix the problems associated with malocclusion. Sometimes, oral surgery may be necessary. If so, post-surgical recovery may be needed before orthodontic treatment can begin.
Q: How long does the treatment take?
A: Standard treatment is about two year, although duration may vary based on the patient’s age and the extensiveness of the procedure. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment, patients should follow the plan closely.
Contact our office at 702.660.2256 to request an appointment to get your teeth back on track to looking their best. Don’t delay this for another day. We can correct your teeth and give you back your beautiful smile, a consultation with our orthodontist can help you determine which type of braces are the best fit based on your needs.