Your teeth are a crucial feature of your mouth. In addition to aiding in biting and chewing, they also provide you with a beautiful smile. When your teeth are crooked, however, your entire life is impacted. Crooked teeth not only affect the quality of your smile, but they also make eating more difficult. Your risk for tooth decay and gum disease increases significantly. You are at a greater risk for tooth damage, uneven tooth wear, and TMJ troubles. When your teeth or jaws are misaligned, orthodontic treatment is necessary. Naborowski Orthodontics can help.
Orthodontic Treatment for Children and TeensIt is recommended that your child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. This evaluation allows for the assessment of their teeth and jaws to determine the presence of orthodontic issues, such as overcrowding and alignment issues with either the teeth or the jaws. Should any issues, or the potential for issues, be found, we can then create a plan and determine the best time to perform the treatment. Treating orthodontic issues at an early age allows for us to help guide the growth of the jaw and enable the permanent teeth to erupt properly. We can also help to correct issues like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, reduce or eliminate the need for orthodontic treatments as your child gets older, and eliminate the need for later tooth extractions. Read more about Early Treatment.
Orthodontic Treatment for AdultsWhile commonly associated with children and young teens, orthodontics can be very helpful for adults suffering from crooked teeth as well. For adults who could not afford braces at a younger age or for those who have experienced teeth shifting after prior orthodontic work, orthodontics can be quite beneficial. There are options other than traditional braces that can be more appealing to adult patients and can help you to achieve the smile you have always wanted. Read more about Adult Treatment.
How Exactly Does Orthodontics Work?Traditional metal braces are still a very popular, highly effective treatment. They utilize small metal brackets that are affixed to the fronts of each of your teeth. Metal wires stretch across the entire arch, attached to each bracket. The wires are responsible for the movement of your teeth, putting pressure on them to widen the periodontal ligaments and guiding your teeth into the correct alignment. Depending on your needs, other appliances like springs and rubber bands may also be used. Advances in dental technology have enabled us to provide you with alternatives to traditional braces. These alternatives include:
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?The exact length of time your treatment will take depends greatly on several factors. Minor alignment issues take less time to treat than more serious ones. In addition to the severity of your orthodontic issues, other factors contributing to the length of time required include complications during treatment and issues with compliance. It also depends significantly upon the type of treatment you choose. For instance, treatment using Invisalign generally takes less time than treatment with traditional braces. On average, however, treatment times can last anywhere from just under a year up to three years total. Orthodontics can help to correct alignment issues in both your teeth and your jaws.
RetentionWhen undergoing treatment with braces, many patients look forward to the day when they can finally be removed. Your teeth have finally achieved their optimal positioning and you just cannot wait to show off your beautiful new smile. It is important to know, however, that even though your braces have properly aligned your teeth, there is still a chance that your newly aligned teeth can shift out of position. At Naborowski Orthodontics, we can help you to maintain your beautiful new smile following the removal of your braces with a retainer. Read more about Retention.
For more information, and to find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you, call Naborowski Orthodontics today at (630) 543-5051.