Yes. Teeth that are straight, aligned and properly spaced are easier to brush and floss, which means it’s also easier to prevent a buildup of bacteria, plaque and tartar that can lead to cavities, gum disease and even tooth loss. Cleaner teeth and gums also mean fresher breath. Plus, when teeth are properly aligned, it can reduce uneven tooth wear and improve bite balance to relieve chronic jaw pain and headaches.
Our practice offers complete orthodontic care, including:
Each orthodontic plan of care is carefully planned to suit the needs and objectives of the individual patient for optimal aesthetic results and better overall oral health and wellness.
Interceptive braces are appliances that are used in children whose teeth are still erupting or emerging from the gums to help prevent crowding and alignment problems. Interceptive orthodontics include space maintainers to “hold” spaces for teeth that haven’t emerged yet; palatal expanders that help broaden the dental arch to avoid crowding; and retainers to maintain the position of teeth. Each orthodontic appliance is custom-designed for the child’s mouth shape and needs, and when treatment begins early, they can help many patients avoid the need for braces or reduce overall treatment time.
Ideally, children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the time they’re seven years old, or when their first molars begin to appear. At that age, the dentist will be able to evaluate the child’s jaw shape, teeth positions and other factors that can have a bearing on tooth alignment in the future. They can also recommend interceptive devices to help children avoid the need for braces and provide treatment to help avoid impaction and other issues.
Orthodontic treatment can be appropriate for adults of just about any age, as long as their teeth are healthy and strong. Having treatment as an adult can improve oral health and reduce jaw pain and other symptoms, as well as boost self-confidence.