The hallmark of a wonderful smile is straight white teeth! For the most part, your general dentist is the starting point for all things related to teeth. But when those pearly whites and/or your bite are off, it could be time to make an appointment with an orthodontist.
At the office of Smile Concepts Orthodontics, our team of highly skilled professionals includes orthodontic specialists, which offers you the convenience of complete dental care under one roof. In the past, orthodontic treatment was associated with children and teens. Today, however, many adults go to orthodontists to correct long-standing issues that can grow worse over time.
These issues include:
- Misaligned teeth and jaws
- Overcrowded mouths
- Gaps between teeth (diastema)
An orthodontist can resolve these placement problems in several ways. Braces are the most popular solution. These appliances are bands that encircle the teeth. An orthodontist bonds brackets around the teeth or on the front surfaces of the teeth. The brackets are connected to each other via wires. Then, over time, the appliances work to move the teeth into their correct positions. Yes, the process isn’t expedient, but it’s extremely effective. After the braces have done their job, retainers then work to preserve and stabilize the results of orthodontic treatment.
If braces aren’t an option, the orthodontist may instead use a removable aligner, which uses metal wires or brackets that them more aesthetically pleasing than braces. In extreme cases, two options include a palate expander that can widen the arch of the upper jaw, giving the area more space; and headgear is a device that connects the back of the head to a wire in the front of the mouth to pull back front teeth while slowing an upper jaw that’s in danger of growing too fast.
At the office of Smile Concepts Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate dental care. For more information on our orthodontic services as well as our other dental services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to explaining how we can help you achieve a perfect smile.