CORRECT COMMON PROBLEMS
With orthodontic treatments
Orthodontic treatment is prescribed to correct a number of common problems.
Many people may need orthodontic treatment to correct an “unsatisfactory bite” that has been caused by crowding teeth or extra teeth. Other people may need treatment to realign a jaw that is out of place due to genetics or due to an accident. Many people want to correct one or more crooked teeth caused by thumb-sucking, premature or late loss of baby teeth, or a wide variety of other causes. If your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, it may be time to pay C&C Dentistry a visit.
Orthodontics is a dental specialty concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions, or improper bites, which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth.
To treat your family, C&C Dentistry utilizes today’s most advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, all to make perfect smiles.
Braces are the primary means for straightening teeth and correcting misaligned bites. Braces may consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances. Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. As the teeth move, the bone changes shape as pressure is applied. Braces are made of materials such as stainless steel ceramic, plastic, or a combination of materials.
Retainers keep teeth in place once braces are removed. Since it takes time for your teeth to settle into their new position, wearing a retainer can prevent your teeth from shifting. Retainers can be fixed or removable, and made of clear plastic and metal wires or rubber.
Rubber bands, also called elastics, are used when more force is needed to move the teeth and jaws into the desired position. You can choose your favorite color, and some kids even choose their school colors or decorate their mouth during holidays!
Some people can benefit from using headgear, an appliance that is attached to the braces from the back of the head and can be removed. As with rubber bands, headgear is used when extra force is needed to move the teeth and jaws. If headgear is needed, it usually only has to be worn at night while sleeping or at home.
These days, adults make up nearly half of orthodontic patients, hoping to finally get the perfect smile they’ve always dreamed about. Thankfully, braces have evolved considerably in the last 15 years, and there are more lightweight and cosmetically friendly options out there. Most adults who need braces can expect to wear them for an average of 12 to 20 months.
Many adults may wish to consider the option of clear braces. Clear, invisible “trays” are now available. These can straighten teeth without using traditional braces and wires. Visit our Invisible Braces page to learn more.