Orthodontics treats malocclusions, the imperfect positioning of teeth that results in an improper bite. Orthodontists specialize in straightening the teeth and creating a harmonious, properly-functioning bite.
Orthodontic Treatment Should Focus on Oral Health
While many people believe orthodontic treatment is for cosmetic purposes, that belief is far from the only reason a patient may seek out treatment. Orthodontic treatment should focus on improving oral function as well. Orthodontic treatment can:
- Close gaps or abnormal spacing between teeth
- Straighten crooked teeth
- Improve speech
- Improve chewing ability
- Improve the long-term health of both the teeth and gums
- Prevent abnormal wear that can result in trauma to the teeth
Orthodontics not only improves the appearance of the smile, but also can improve speech, biting, and chewing function. It also can help set patients up for a lifetime of good oral health. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, thereby staving off decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Orthodontic treatment can be provided at any age, and the results are noticeable. Orthodontic treatment can and does have a dramatic effect on a patient’s self-esteem. Because smiles are often the first thing we notice about others, treatment can help us greet the world confidently.
Improper bites caused by crooked, crowded or otherwise misaligned teeth can have a negative impact on our oral health, as well. Cavities, gum disease, and abnormal wear of our enamel can also be a result of an improper bite.
Today, orthodontic treatment is more advanced than ever. Using state-of-the-art technology, patients can receive treatment for any malocclusion faster and more comfortably than ever before.
The ideal time to visit an orthodontist for the first time is around the age of 7. However, teeth can be moved at any age, if the supporting bone and gums are healthy enough to do so. Pavlo Orthodontics treats patients of all ages, offering a variety of treatment options for everyone.
Today’s orthodontics are much more discrete, comfortable, and efficient. This means shorter treatment times than in the past, as well as fewer appointments.
Orthodontic treatment provides patients with healthy, beautiful, and stable smiles that, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Whether you opt for traditional metal braces, Invisalign, or self-ligating braces, orthodontic treatment can improve how your smile looks and functions.