If you are unsatisfied with the way your teeth look or function, orthodontics can help. Crooked, overcrowded, or protruding teeth have an effect on more than just your appearance. The positioning of your teeth can influence your susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease, the way the teeth align, in addition to your total oral health and well being.

Ortho Treatment changes the positioning of your teeth and in so doing enhances their appearance and functionality. Orthodontic treatment can also greatly enhance facial physical appearance and how your jaw muscles and joints operate. Using braces, retainers, or other devices to provide slight pressure over the span of several months or even years, your teeth can be slowly shifted into the desired location.

Orthodontic complications can be a result of accidents or behaviors, such as finger and thumb sucking or tongue-thrusting or may be caused by genetics. Your local orthodontist can treat the following orthodontic problems: crowded or crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, open bite (when the backside teeth match up and the front teeth do not), inadequate or an excess of gaps in between your teeth, extra or missing teeth. Every orthodontic issue is different, but the most frequent orthodontic issues treated with children are often inadequate alignment, while for older patients it is crooked and crowding teeth.

Orthodontics may focus on dental displacement only, or orthodontic treatment could also take care of the control and modification of facial structural growth. Orthodontic treatment may be performed for purely aesthetic motives as well, such as restoring the overall appearance of your teeth. In the end, treatment not only improves your visual appeal, but your oral health at the same time.

Crowded, crooked and protruding teeth have an effect on your physical appearance and may impact self confidence. Your teeth are also prone … Read the rest

Most dentists agree that the curriculum in the majority of dental schools does not adequately cover the subjects of orthopedics and orthodontics. I believe that the knowledge and understanding of orthopedics (functional orthodontics) is the missing link in the education of general dentists.

FUNCTIONAL ORTHODONTICS

Ideally, children with developing malocclusions should be treated with functional appliances in order to guide their growth and to prevent more serious problems later on. Functional orthodontics has, as its foundation, balanced function of all components of the stomatognathic system. Properly developed arches, patent airways, the mandible properly related to the maxilla, and correct vertical dimension all contribute to balanced function of the head, neck and facial muscles. Children treated with the functional philosophy can be done non-surgically and without the extraction of permanent teeth in most cases.

MAXILLARY ARCH

Since the roof of the mouth is the floor of the nose, a properly developed maxillary arch encourages nasal breathing and can assist with improving such symptoms as nasal allergies, asthma, and sinus problems. One of the most common causes of constriction of the maxillary arch is an airway obstruction, which causes mouth breathing. Another cause of constriction would be enlarged tonsils, which prevent the tongue from posturing on the roof of the mouth upon swallowing. It is the ability of the tongue to position itself on the palate that allows for proper lateral development of the alveolar processes, which helps to develop the maxillary arch to its normal size.

MAXILLO-MANDIBULAR RELATIONSHIP

This narrowing of the maxillary arch, in turn, causes the mandible to be held in a retruded position. This retrusion of the mandible is implicated in jaw joint disorders as well as snoring and sleep apnea. The nerves and blood vessels are located at the back of the socket of the TMJ (jaw … Read the rest

Most adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Crooked teeth make many people feel self-conscious, reserved, or even ashamed of their appearance. Poorly positioned teeth can make people feel unhappy about their smile but having to wear metal braces for 2-3 years is equally unappealing. 6 Month Smiles is the latest in cosmetic orthodontic treatment for adults. It can be used to treat a wide variety of positional problems (many more than invisible braces and the Inman aligner) that previously required metal braces or extensive drilling and extractions.

Six Month Smiles is a modern twist on orthodontics. There is little debate that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

Six Month Smiles employs the latest technology and techniques to move your teeth quickly and safely. It uses special nickel titanium wires and focuses on moving the teeth that show when you smile.

It uses tooth-colored braces and wires, meaning that they are barely visible. It also uses a lower force to move teeth, making it much more comfortably than metal braces Overall, the makes 6 Month Smiles treatments nothing like the classic train-track metal braces.

The main benefits of 6 Month Smiles are:

• The wires and brackets are small, tooth-colored and discreet.

• The cost is about half of traditional or invisible braces.

• Treatment time is reduced by 75% compared to conventional treatment.

• No drilling down of teeth (necessary for most veneer cases)

• Discomfort is minimal.

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Dental Orthodontic braces are costly investments, but can be very much worth the price. Depending on the severity of the problem, expenses can range anywhere from four to ten thousand dollars. This depends mostly on the length of time the braces must stay on, how many orthodontic appointments are needed, the nature of the problems, or if new technology must be utilized.

Braces are used for many different problems. Some are used just for cosmetic purposes, like straightening teeth and closing gaps. Cosmetic reasons for getting braces are often not covered by insurance companies. The good news is that braces may not have to be on for very long if teeth just need to be straightened. They shift fairly easily over the course of six months or so. Provided you wear your retainer after as recommended by the orthodontist, teeth will stay straight forever.

Other times there are intense jaw problems that need braces to realign the bones and joints. They can relieve headaches, locking or clicking jaws, tension through the upper body, and even vision and hearing problems. This is because the jaw has a very close proximity to other organs. Inflammation of the jaw joint can cause hearing loss or trouble with vision. If you have these problems, your braces may be partially or fully covered by health and dental insurance.

These problems may be more expensive because your jaw is more difficult to shift than just a few teeth. The orthodontist must also be more careful and exact with this movement, since shifting jaw bones will have a bigger impact on your whole head than just a few teeth. The more extensive time frame and more numerous visits to the orthodontist office may mean a higher cost.

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For most children, orthodontic treatment will begin during their middle school years ages 11 to 15. Some children will benefit from corrective procedures performed earlier. Until the child's baby teeth are gone, there is little that can be done to manipulate the permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth can often need extraction to free up space allowing the permanent teeth room to grow. Most dentists will refer you to an orthodontist to get a second opinion for your child's particular needs.

Most of the time, a child under age 11, will find the visit a confirmation that everything is on track. Typically, the orthodontist will see them back in a year or two. These orthodontic visits are almost always free. On a later visit, once permanent teeth have emerged completely, the orthodontist will be able to make a recommendation.

Orthodontic Care in Middle School and High School
Middle school and high school are no longer relaxing time for teens before they have to decide on their careers. Just imagine having to make all the decisions for your future as a 13 or 14 year old and on top of that be self-confident about your smile. Years ago if a teen had crooked teeth metal braces were the only option and the sight of these devices in your mouth could lead to even more stressful situations.

Clear braces technology will gradually straighten your teeth though the use of a series or progress of gradually changing plastic molds that gently guide your teeth into your perfect smile. Now your teeth can be straightening while you prepare for adulthood and no one will be the wiser to your new smile.

Clear plastic braces have other advantages over metal braces that ensure better hygiene and tooth health. Since the aligners can be removed for eating, … Read the rest

Orthodontics is a dental treatment that focuses on rectifying, preventing and treating any irregularities of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists also focus on treating disorders and abnormalities in the jaw area.

Cosmetic dentistry is a highly specialized science and different areas of cosmetic dentistry focus on different problems.So, it is important to know when to approach an orthodontist.

Basically, an orthodontic problem is one that has to do with 'bite problems'. So, you must visit an orthodontist, if you have any of the following problems:

1. Crooked or crowed teeth

2. Misaligned teeth

3. Overbite or underbite

4. Extra teeth

5. A disorder or misalignment in the jaws

These days, many young children and young adults suffer from 'bite problems'. Most of these problems are associated with misaligned teeth. Although patients of any age may benefit from orthodontic treatments, the best age for treating developmental misalignments is between 10 and 14 years of age. That said, even adults can consider undergoing orthodontic treatments for problems that are trapped in childhood.

Fixing braces is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments. In the past, braces were made of metal. They were painful and looked quite a mouthful. These days, however, clear, plastic braces, otherwise known as invisalign treatment, is available for people with alignment problems. These are convenient and fast. Most importantly, the clear braces can not be seen and may be removed and cleaned as required.

How to choose an orthodontist in Ohio

Ohio is one of the most advanced states in the US, when it comes to quality dental care. With various developments in technology, patients can expect to find the best orthodontists in Ohio.

The best way to find a reputed orthodontist in Ohio is still the old fashioned way – word of mouth. Ask your regular dentist … Read the rest

Increased awareness about the importance and benefits of orthodontic treatment to achieve a healthy dentition and a pleasant smile are stimulating adults to seek more treatments today to improve their dental aesthetics than in the past.

Currently, the amount of Orthodontic Treatment Procedure provided to adults covers 30% of orthodontic practice. The desire for a better smile is being promoted not only by the patient, but the general dentists are also more informed about the possibilities of tooth movement in the adult to facilitate the establishment of function and health to the different components of the stomatognathic system.

But are we aware of everything we realize when we undergo orthodontic treatment? We will list the benefits of orthodontics, beyond the smile. Nowadays, along with teeth whitening treatments or the placement of porcelain veneers, orthodontics is the most requested aesthetic dental treatment in dental clinics.

In short, orthodontics has many benefits, much more than the mere fact of getting a beautiful and aligned smile.

Benefits of orthodontics:

1. Improves the position, function, and aesthetics of dental pieces: This is perhaps the benefit that is most clearly seen.

2. Get the bone and gums to look healthy: The correct occlusion and position of the teeth propitiate that both the bone and the gums are healthy.

3. Get the mouth to improve its condition and also oral hygiene: The correct alignment of the teeth facilitates Dental Health and proper cleaning of the entire oral cavity and, therefore, improves the overall condition.

4. Relieves possible excess pressures on the jaw joint: Correction of the bite and position and alignment of the teeth corrects malocclusions that sometimes generate pressure on the joint.

The correction of the bite and position and alignment of the teeth corrects the malocclusions that sometimes generate pressure on the joint.

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One of the common procedures in orthodontic treatment is the use of dental braces. The process involves utilizing the braces in the proper alignment of the teeth in order to relieve pressure on the jaws. These dental braces can be made of metal or plastic, depending on the patient's choice. Orthodontists use this treatment to move the teeth or correct the position of the underlying bone.

Orthodontic Treatment for all Ages

Some persons may inherit from their parents, teeth irregularities or problems such as misalignment, tooth crowding, and crooked tooth. This is observed in children from ages six to twelve years old. There are several causes for an imperfect bite such as misaligned jaw, extra teeth, overcrowding of the teeth, and during and beyond infancy practices such as thumb-sucking. Dentists recommend that one should seek correction between the ages 8 to 14 years old in order to achieve the best results. For adults, it can be a great challenge to correct tooth alignment as well as takes a longer time to treat since the facial bones have stopped growing. They are required to wear retainers during the night for successful results which may last a lifetime. In addition, the jaw bone can only be altered by surgical procedure because the need for orthodontic treatment early in life.

Types of Braces for Teeth

The types of braces for individuals include clear, titanium, lingual, and gold-plated stainless steel. There are numerous selections of braces for kids, teenagers, and adults depending on individual needs. Some people may be allergic to nickel so dentists or orthodontists may recommend titanium or gold-plated stainless steel braces for teeth.

Most patients are advised to wear dental braces from 2 to 3 years for positive results. Teenagers are often embarrassed when using metal braces and prefer the invisible … Read the rest

If you have crooked teeth, a overbite, or gaps in between your teeth, you may qualify for orthodontic treatment that can correct your bite and give you a straight smile. Many people mistakenly think that braces are only available for children, but in fact orthodontics can be used to benefit just about any age group. To determine whether or not orthodontic treatment may be the right option for you, it's helpful to first take a look at the types of problems that this treatment can solve, as well as what the various benefits of orthodontic treatment are. The first step towards any treatment is to sit down with your dentist for X-rays and a consultation, however.

There are numerous problems that orthodontics is meant to treat. Some of these can include gaps between the teeth, affected teeth, a overbite or underbite, or crooked teeth. If your smile does not line up correctly and you have a crooked bite, then gently moving the teeth through orthodontic treatment may get your teeth back in the right order, giving you a smooth, straight smile and a well-aligned bite. This full process can take anywhere from 18 months to three years for completion, although this number may vary on the individual.

Some of the methods used to do this include the use of traditional braces as well as other forms of movement brackets. The full-on headgear and rubber bands of the past are still used in extreme cases, but with the latest orthodontics methods on the market you can move your teeth without anyone notice in many cases. Some of the benefits of straightening your smile can include improving your self-confidence, and producing a better facial profile by realigning the jaws for cosmetic purposes.

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Over the years there have been many advances in the way orthodontic treatment is delivered but none so substantial as the Damon Self-ligating System. This uses a force system that is 'biologically sensible' and applies just enough force to stimulate cellular activity without crushing the blood vessels around the roots. The upper jaw is allowed to expand naturally almost always reducing the need for extracts.

The Damon system is the incorporation of passive self-winding brackets with new high technology arch wires selected to keep the forces light through treatment. By not over powering the biomechanical system the body's own physiology allows the arch to grow naturally without the use of mechanical expanders. The result is much more patient specific and ideal for each individual.

It is also possible to start treatment much earlier when the first permanent molars and incisor teeth have grown in. This could be as early as 7 years of age. In fact it is the best time to look at wherever the child is likely to need braces because it is possible to influence and guide the growth of that individual to the best possible conclusion.

The most significant change in orthodontic ideology is to look more at the face and not just straight teeth. Beautiful faces have ideal facial proportion. Craniofacial orthopaedics looks at facial disharmonies and abnormalities and it is important to look at the body pattern and how the teeth have been influenced by the rest of the body.

By understanding body mechanisms and integrating these with those of the head and bone the teeth sit in it is possible to make a lasting change. This could mean curing back pain and providing headache treatment in the long term. The way the teeth meet (the bite) locks the body into a dysfunction pattern. … Read the rest

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