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Our teeth are an essential unit of our mouth, as mention in a previous post, thanks to them we are able to grind on all sorts of foods. However, sometimes nature is not on our side and we need to make a few adjustments, to make these corrections dentist use orthodontics or braces.
Through orthodontics treatment your dentist can prevent or treat several oral irregularities, the dentist can correct and adjust teeth and help restore your smile.
For this dental procedure (orthodontics) your dentists will use several appliances, but the two primary tools used are: braces that are attached to the tooth and removable appliances; these devices are used to:
- Close Gaps
- Correct Bite Irregularities
- Properly Align Teeth and Lips
- Straighten Teeth
Even though we normally associate braces with young people, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of adults whom are using orthodontics to correct bite problems.
Who Benefits from Orthodontic Care
In recent years, the American Association of Orthodontists, has declared that there has been an increasing in the number of adults who have orthodontic treatment.
Normally, braces are used to correct children’s permanent teeth; this will offered children many advantages. Starting orthodontic treatment at an early stage of life, will correct the way the top teeth and bottom teeth meet or come together and can help teeth to come in straighter.
Fact: There has been an increase of 14 % in the number of adult patients seeking Orthodontic Care from 2010 to 2012
Types of Irregular Bites
Your dentist will use braces help you correct several types of bite irregularities; these include:
- Crossbite – In this case, a single tooth or multiple teeth rest significantly inside or outside the lower teeth. Causing difficulty when biting or chewing.
- Crowding – In this case, permanent teeth do not have enough space to grow into their proper position.
- One example is, that there isn’t enough room for your teeth.
- Another is that teeth are unusually large, when compare to your dental arch.
- Or the patients jaw is narrower than it should be.
- Open Bite – In this case, your upper and lower teeth do not meet properly, making it almost impossible to bite on food with the front teeth. This condition can also lead to premature wear of the back teeth.
- Overbite – In this case, the patient’s upper teeth overlap the lower teeth.
- Under-bite – In this case, the lower teeth are ahead of the upper teeth, this is the opposite case of an overbite. In some cases in order to solve this dental problem, surgery may be required.
- Spacing Issues – In this case, the patient’s teeth are unusually small or there are teeth missing. When the patient is missing teeth he/she will have uneven spaces; this occurs because, teeth have drifted to close the gap.
Braces Treatment and Post Dental Treatment
The orthodontic treatment is usually divided into 2 phases: the active phase and the retention phase. Each phase offers patients both benefits and little pain; however the end result makes it worth.
As previously mention, there are several types of bite irregularities and orthodontics can help solve all of them. To help solve this oral problem, the brackets and archwire will slowly move your teeth into the correct position; they will apply the precise amounts of light pressure over a long period of time, making the irregular teeth to drift and be place in the correct place.
The length of this dental treatment will vary from one patient and another, however treatment usually last about 1 to 3 years.
After a dental examination, your dentist will explain the oral irregularity you have and the length the treatment will last. Afterwards you will choose braces (brackets); depending on the dental clinic your options could include:
- Metal/Traditional Braces
- Ceramic Braces
- Lingual Braces
First, your dentist will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth. Second, your dentist will apply special dental bonding agents and attached the brackets. This glue might taste weird, but it’s harmless. Third (in most cases the last step) your dentist will place the archwire in the brackets and secure the wire with elastic bands.
After the orthodontics treatment is over, your dentist will recommend you to use a retainer; this device is used to maintain teeth in their current positions after the braces are removed.
The Cost of Orthodontics
The cost of this or any other dental treatment shouldn’t be a reason for you to not have your smile restore. Here at Sani Dental Group, we offer affordable cost in all our dental treatments. On average you can expect to pay between $2,000 and $6,000. Your orthodontics can provide you a more accurate treatment cost, the cost will depend on how severe the problem is.
In some cases your insurance plan may cover part or all the cost of your orthodontic treatment, but in case they don’t you have another option, we invite you to Los Algodones.
For more information regarding the city of Los Algodones, we invite you to read our post: Los Algodones What to Expect
The steps and procedures mentioned in this post are procedures available in the medical field; however, not all these treatments and procedures are perform at Sani Dental Group. To confirm if this procedure is perform at our dental clinics, please contact us directly.