Here at Orleans Dental Arts we want nothing more than for you to have a gorgeous smile that lasts a lifetime. Misaligned teeth can cause a number of health issues, discomfort, and can lower your confidence. We are pleased to offer free consultations to assess every individual case and discuss any and all orthodontic treatment options so you can put your best smile forward. To learn more, read below of the different types of orthodontic treatments, benefits, and how to determine if you are a potential candidate for orthodontic treatment. Be sure to also visit our before and after gallery to see some incredible orthodontic transformations.
Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that focuses on the correction of teeth and jaws that are positioned irregularly. These corrections are made through the use of orthodontic appliances such as metal braces and clear aligners. Metal braces are the most popular and traditional orthodontic treatment using fixed metal brackets and arch-wires to align the teeth. The use of clear aligners is a newer orthodontic treatment plan that includes a series of transparent custom-made plastic trays. These trays are removable and typically swapped out every two weeks for the duration of the treatment plan. Although clear aligners are removable they are still to be worn for approximately 23 hours a day and only to be taken off for eating to ensure effective treatment.
Teeth that do not align correctly may be at risk for a number of health issues. For one, they are harder to keep clean; due to this, these teeth may be at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, which is infection of the surrounding structures of the teeth. When teeth that are not aligned correctly, it may also cause extra stress on the chewing muscles, which may lead to headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, and neck, shoulder, and back pain
After successful orthodontic treatment, teeth are easier to clean, providing a healthier mouth. You will find brushing, and especially flossing to be much easier after the completion of treatment. Orthodontic treatment will result in a more functional and aesthetically pleasing smile that will make you feel confident.
If you experience any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment