Orthodontics Middleborough MA
Don’t underestimate the importance of a great-looking smile. A gorgeous set of teeth can help you socially and professionally by boosting your self-confidence. If your teeth have gaps or alignment issues, orthodontic treatment can fix these issues, no matter your age.
Properly aligned teeth look great, but they also have health benefits. They help you to bite, chew and speak more effectively. They are also easier to clean, which can help tooth decay and gum disease.
Orthodontic appliances reshape bone and move teeth into better positions. Examples of these appliances include traditional metal braces, clear or tooth-colored braces, and clear aligners.
Bite Problems and How to Fix Them
Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of bite problems, which often occur by the time a child reaches age 7.
Common bite problems include:
- Excessive spacing
- Open bite
- Abnormal eruption
To correct bite and alignment problems, teeth need to be moved from their original position. Teeth are held in place by a hammock-like structure called the periodontal ligament. Teeth are not rigid. They can be moved easily, and they are very responsive to forces placed on them. Orthodontic appliances can, therefore, move teeth by careful application of light, constant pressure. This force can be applied via brackets and metal wires or semi-rigid plastic or clear aligners.
Orthodontics for Children and Adults
Having orthodontic treatment when you’re a child is ideal because the natural growth processes help move the teeth into their proper place. Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws are changing rapidly.
However, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so if your parents could not afford orthodontic treatment when you were a child or you just never had the opportunity to get braces, you can get them as an adult. In fact, about one in five of orthodontic patients is an adult. Before treatment, adults are carefully examined for signs of gum disease, which must be brought under control before treatment begins.
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
When you think of braces, you may think of metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, connected to a thin wire running. While this option is still used, there are now other options available. Clear braces use brackets made of ceramic or plastic and are barely visible. Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces, but they’re bonded to the back of the teeth so that no one can see them.
Removable clear aligners are another alternative. They consist of clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth. Each one moves your teeth a little bit until they are in the proper position. The dentist will examine your teeth and choose the best treatment options for you.
Overall, if your mouth suffers from alignment issues, orthodontics can give you a straighter, more beautiful smile. The dentists at Middleboro Family Dental offer various orthodontic devices to help you manage your bite and alignment issues. Learn more about your options by calling (508) 947-4411 today.