If you ask somebody why people need braces, most often they will say it’s because they have crooked teeth. This, however, is only the beginning of the story. The main reasons people need orthodontic treatment is because their teeth are not positioned optimally for aesthetics, function, and health. What does this mean? And What are the 3 Types of Orthodontic Treatment Options?
Why and When People Need to Seek Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment is needed for a variety of reasons, many of which go beyond aesthetics. Depending on your age and the type of treatment required, you have many options to consider when choosing an orthodontic treatment in Spokane Valley.
Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment
Interceptive treatment is done typically on children between the ages of 7 and 11 years when they still have a mix of baby and permanent teeth. The goal for Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment is to catch any problems early and correct them quickly. This can prevent more complicated issues down the road including problematic scenarios such as crossbites, impacted teeth, or other bite (occlusion) issues. In addition, malocclusion, or misalignment of the jaws, can cause pain in the jaw joint as well as the muscles of the face, head, and neck. It can also lead to premature wear of the teeth and destruction of the gums and bone that support the teeth.
Interceptive treatment can include braces and retainers as well as expanders that widen the upper jaw to correct crossbites. Taking action while the child is young will ensure that permanent teeth come into the mouth as ideally as possible and can help avoid some problems for the erupting teeth. In the right patients, early orthodontic treatment is effective because it takes advantage of the growth potential of younger patients. Some problems become more difficult as we age and the bones of our face and jaws mature.
Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment
Comprehensive treatment occurs when all of the permanent teeth have come into the mouth. This usually happens around age 12, but can happen a few years earlier or later. The goal is to align the teeth so that the patient doesn’t have to deal with crowding, crooked teeth, or an incorrect bite. Crowded and misaligned teeth, in addition to looking bad, can make oral home care very difficult. Patients can end up with more plaque, gum disease, and cavities if crowding or crooked teeth are not treated. This can result in unnecessary pain as well as other, more serious health issues.
Comprehensive treatment can involve traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or clear aligners like Invisalign. However, sometimes more extensive treatment is needed. In these cases, other orthodontic appliances can be used including expanders and bite correctors. Sometimes jaw surgery is needed to correct the bite and idealize facial aesthetics.
3 Orthodontic Treatment Options Available to Patients
For the most part, when people think of orthodontic treatment options they think of traditional braces. Depending on the issues at hand and the goals of the orthodontist, however, there are a number of other options as well. Here are three of the most frequently used orthodontic appliances:
1. Traditional Metal Braces
These tried and true metal braces include brackets, wires, and rubber bands. Other appliances may be used such as space maintainers, bite correctors, and expanders.
2. Clear Ceramic Braces
Similar to metal braces, clear ceramic braces give patients another, less conspicuous option to straighten their teeth.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are a great option for patients who prefer a less noticeable, more flexible orthodontic treatment. There are many popular benefits for those who are candidates for Invisalign. Besides being nearly invisible, aligners can be removed when needed for eating as well as brushing and flossing the teeth. Invisalign aligners also eliminate the need to avoid certain hard or sticky foods as there are no brackets, wires, or bands to break. Aligner treatment also typically means fewer appointments and more comfortable treatment overall.
Achieving Your Orthodontic Goals
Whatever your orthodontic goals—whether you want to straighten your smile or reduce problems due to malocclusion—DaBell Orthodontics can help. We look forward to helping you discover which treatment option work best to give you the results you desire. Book your free consultation today by clicking here or by calling us at 509-921-1700.
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