When your teeth are overcrowded or crooked, or if you're generally unhappy with the appearance of your smile, orthodontics is often the ideal solution. Orthodontics can improve your smile and your self-esteem while also improving your overall oral health. While the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated by age seven to detect any potential orthodontic issues, patients of all ages may benefit from orthodontics.
Common reasons for orthodontics include:
- Fix spacing issues caused by excessive gaps or overcrowded teeth
- Properly align your bite by eliminating overbites, underbites and other alignment issues
- Create room for erupting teeth
- Promote healthy jaw growth and enhance the appearance of your smile
When these issues aren't properly addressed, patients can experience a wide range of health and self-esteem issues. You may develop speech problems or eating difficulties. Being self-conscious about the appearance of your smile can cause many emotional and social disorders. Fortunately, orthodontics can reduce these feelings and give you a smile you'll be proud to share.
Although people typically associate orthodontics with braces, there are many different options for patients that don't involve a full set of traditional metal braces. The orthodontists at The Dental Specialists fully evaluate your mouth and oral health history to help you determine the right treatment plan for you. During your initial consultation, we'll explain all your treatment options as well as the estimated time and approximate cost.