As the oldest dental specialty, orthodontics has evolved substantially over the centuries. Today, our orthodontist can produce beautiful and straight smiles through a variety of methods. Because equipment and orthodontic practices have improved greatly over the years, patients enjoy efficient and effective treatment that corrects a wide range of orthodontic problems. While some people may believe that receiving braces is purely cosmetic, straightening and aligning teeth actually promotes optimal oral health.
Why A Straight Smile is a Healthy Smile
Crooked and overlapped teeth are more likely to develop cavities and gum disease than straight, properly aligned teeth. This is because crowded teeth are virtually impossible to clean—even with proper flossing. Food and bacteria tend to become trapped between overlapped and crowded teeth and eventually lead to tartar buildup, which can inflame the gums. Furthermore, misaligned teeth make patients more susceptible to tooth loss over time.
While some people may believe that receiving braces is purely cosmetic, straightening and aligning teeth actually promotes optimal oral health.
Interceptive Orthodontics vs. Traditional Orthodontic Treatment
Traditional orthodontic treatment addresses tooth alignment after all permanent teeth have emerged the gum line. While this method can certainly straighten teeth and improve a patient’s bite, tooth extraction is sometimes necessary to create the space necessary to shift teeth because the jawbone and palate have stopped growing. On the other hand, interceptive orthodontic treatment begins during the process of adult teeth replacing primary teeth. This is beneficial because orthodontic problems can be addressed before the jawbone and palate stop growing—thus decreasing the need for extracting teeth in the future. Early orthodontic treatment can prevent teeth from becoming impacted or lodged into the gums.
Interceptive orthodontics may include the use of traditional wire braces along with appliances that help guide emerging teeth to their proper position. Palate expanders may also be used to create adequate room in the mouth for new teeth. Research has shown that early treatment can greatly reduce the risk of developing a malocclusion.
To learn more about the advantages of early orthodontic treatment or to schedule a consultation with our skilled orthodontists, contact our office at 210-921-9191 today.