Each case of misalignment is different, so every patient’s treatment plan will be different based on their individual needs and desires. In some cases, minor tooth movement may be all that is necessary to correct the smile and achieve an ideal appearance. In other cases, however, it may be necessary to use more comprehensive treatment options such as traditional metal braces, Invisalign® clear aligners, or other advanced orthodontic appliances. These more detailed treatment methods are designed to move the teeth in the most optimal way possible for the best results.
Crowded teeth are usually caused by your jaw not having enough space to fit all of your permanent teeth. This can result in crooked or overlapped teeth, as well as other cosmetic issues. Fortunately, there are orthodontic appliances that can correct crowding and straighten your teeth at the same time. This includes expanders, braces, and even Invisalign clear aligners.
Braces are one of the most common types of orthodontics used today. They consist of brackets that are placed on each tooth and an archwire that connects them. The wire puts pressure on your teeth to move them into their proper place. These types of orthodontics work extremely well on their own, but they can also be combined with other treatments like spacers and clear aligners to correct minor misalignments.
Expanders can also help to straighten crowded teeth. These devices are placed on the molars, and they gradually push the teeth and jaws outward to make more space in your mouth. Once the device is removed, the teeth are in their proper position. However, they may need to be treated with traditional braces or another form of orthodontic treatment to keep their teeth in place.
A gap in your teeth can cause both aesthetic and oral health concerns. Here are a few reasons why gaps occur and how you can prevent them.
Gaps can occur for several reasons, including genetics and missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth may shift and move into the empty space. The remaining teeth then become crowded together, which can cause the spaces between the teeth to widen.
The dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment to correct a gap in your teeth. Braces can be used to reposition the teeth so they are not overcrowded. This will prevent gaps in your teeth from developing in the future.
An overbite is a situation where a person’s upper teeth extend too far forward, or the lower teeth extend too far back. This can cause aesthetic concerns due to the overlap of the central incisors.
An underbite, on the other hand, refers to a situation where your lower teeth extend past the upper teeth. This type of bite is usually caused by genetics or an underdeveloped jaw. While an overbite may cause aesthetic problems, an underbite can affect the function and can lead to painful problems with chewing and biting. For this reason, people with this issue are encouraged to seek orthodontic treatment as soon as possible!
If left untreated, these issues can worsen over time.
To learn more tips to keep teeth healthy, visit West Valley Natural Dentistry, Inc at 9502 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83704, or call (208) 377-2223.