Orthodontics treats malocclusions, the imperfect positioning of teeth that results in an improper bite. Orthodontists specialize in straightening the teeth and creating a harmonious, properly-functioning bite.
Orthodontic Treatment Should Focus on Oral Health
While many people believe orthodontic treatment is for cosmetic purposes, that belief is far from the only reason a patient may seek out treatment. Orthodontic treatment should focus on improving oral function as well. Orthodontic treatment can:
- Close gaps or abnormal spacing between teeth
- Straighten crooked teeth
- Improve speech
- Improve chewing ability
- Improve the long-term health of both the teeth and gums
- Prevent abnormal wear that can result in trauma to the teeth
Orthodontics not only improves the appearance of the smile but also can improve speech, biting, and chewing function. It also can help set patients up for a lifetime of good oral health. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, thereby staving off decay, cavities, and gum disease.
The good news is that you can start your orthodontic treatment at any age. There’s no age limit when it comes to getting the smile of your dreams. The results are noticeable within months, and they can have a dramatic effect on the patient’s self-esteem. Smiles are certainly one of the first things we notice about others, and orthodontic treatment can ensure you have a healthy and beautiful smile you can be proud of.
Improper bites caused by crooked, crowded, or otherwise misaligned teeth can have a negative impact on our oral health, as well. Cavities, gum disease, and abnormal wear of our enamel can also be a result of an improper bite.
You’re in luck! Nowadays, orthodontics is the most advanced and efficient it’s been in decades! We use state-of-the-art technology to provide patients with effective treatment options to correct malocclusions faster and with an added level of comfort that wasn’t simply possible in decades past.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the best time to visit an orthodontist is around age 7 when a child still has baby teeth and permanent teeth. However, we can safely and efficiently move teeth at any age. Granted, the supporting bone and gum tissues have to be healthy enough to resist the treatment. Here at Pavlo Orthodontics, we treat patients of all ages and offer a variety of treatment options that will adjust to your budgetary concerns and goals.
Orthodontic appliances today are considerably more discreet, comfortable, and efficient, meaning that you won’t have to spend as much time with them on and come to the office as often.
Orthodontic treatment provides patients with healthy, beautiful, and stable smiles that, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Whether you opt for traditional metal braces, Invisalign, or self-ligating braces, orthodontic treatment can improve how your smile looks and functions.