Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, an orthodontist or dentist can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that's right for you.
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth, or their teeth don't meet correctly when they bite. These problems can mean the teeth are more likely to become damaged or put a strain on jaw muscles. Many people are less than happy with their smile because of crowding or crooked teeth. Orthodontic care straightens teeth, moves them into a better position and improves appearance. Orthodontics can lead to increased confidence and self-esteem in children and adults alike. The length of treatment is different for every patient, but it's normally between 18 and 24 months.
The benefits of orthodontics can include:
- Improved appearance
- Straightening of your teeth
- Correction of dental crowding
- Correction of your bite so the teeth meet evenly
- Reduction of damage to prominent teeth