Benefits and Reasons for Orthodontic and Braces Treatment


The benefits of orthodontic and braces treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image.   But while having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. 

Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss.  Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces.

Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7.  Though orthodontic and braces treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment ensures maximum dental health.

With all of the recent advancements in orthodontics, wearing braces has never been easier.  State-of-the-art appliances and treatments are now available, from traditional metal braces to clear and tooth colored brackets, to NASA type wires that are heat activated.  Some patients may even be candidates for treatment with clear retainer type aligners that require no braces or wires.

If treatment is necessary, we will thoroughly discuss which treatment option is best suited for you.

Reasons for orthodontic and braces treatment in adults and children:

  1. Breathing or swallowing problems: Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea;
  2. Crossbite: One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue);
  3. Crowding: Involving extra teeth or incorrectly positioned teeth;
  4. Deep Overbite: The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth;
  5. Disfiguring of the face and mouth: Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth;
  6. Missing or extra teeth: Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems;
  7. Protruding upper teeth: Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw;
  8. Self-image: An attractive smile can boost a person’s self-image and confidence;
  9. Spacing between teeth: Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large;
  10. Speech, chewing or biting problems: Result from improper occlusion and jaw alignment;
  11. Lower jaw protrusion: Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.

Orthodontic and braces treatment involves three stages:

1.  Planning Stage: Your first couple of visits may include:

  • A medical and dental history evaluation;
  • Castings or “molds” of your teeth;
  • Photographs of your face and mouth;
  • X-rays of the teeth and jaws.

After careful planning, your orthodontist will design and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.

2.  Active Stage: Active treatment involves visiting your orthodontist in Summerlin on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.

3.  Retention Stage: When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made.  Usually, these retainers are removable and will help to maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn as instructed.

Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case.  However, retention is a lifetime process.  Your orthodontist in Summerlin will ensure you have a successful treatment for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.

Orthodontics and braces treatment can not only help straighten your teeth, giving you an appealing smile but also can greatly contribute to the health of your jaw, teeth and sometimes your overall health. Are you or a loved one ready for the smile of your dreams? Call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s begin working on it together!

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