Many teeth imperfections require the help of orthodontics and if you are one of those who think you need it, Manchester Smiles is the best place for you to go to. We will be more than glad to give a solution that’s best for you.
We offer orthodontic procedures tailored fit for your specific needs. But first, you have to learn some more on how orthodontics can help you and why you need it.
Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that deals primarily with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. It is difficult to clean crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together, making them at risk for tooth decay and gum diseases. Crooked teeth also cause distraction on someone’s appearance. The dentist who specializes in this field is called an orthodontist.
Some of the most common procedures under orthodontics are the following:
- Traditional Braces. Braces is the most common fixed option. Braces consist of bands, wires and brackets. Bands are fixed around the tooth and are used as an anchor for the appliance, while brackets are bonded to the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, while gradually moving them to their proper position. Braces are adjusted monthly to bring desired results which may be achieved after a few months to a few years.
Today’s braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright colors for kids, and clear styles preferred by many adults.
Once braces are removed, a retainer is worn on both the upper and lower jaws (and where the braces were placed originally) for at least one year to hold the teeth into place in their new position. Today’s braces are made to be more comfortable than ever before because new orthodontic techniques have been developed.
- Damon Braces. Damon braces use a slide mechanism instead of using the elastic bands to attach the arch wire to the bracket. With Damon braces, the teeth can move into place more freely which decreases the treatment time, unlike when elastic bands are used which cause friction and slows down treatment.
- Invisalign is a set of custom-made clear plastic aligners, which are designed to shift your teeth into the proper position. The patient switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks and this will continue until the treatment is completed. Unlike traditional braces which take about more than a year to 5 years to complete, invisalign treatment can be finished in just a year or a year and a half.
- Lingual Braces. Lingual braces, also known as invisible braces are placed on the interior side of the teeth and is a great option for people who do not want the unsightly metal brackets and wires. Similar to traditional braces, teeth are straightened out using continuous gentle pressue to help the teeth shift into their position.
You may be a candidate for an orthodontic treatment if you have the following:
- Overbite – this is also known as buck teeth, this is when the upper teeth lie too far forward over the lower teeth.
- Underbite – this is when the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back, this is also known at bulldog appearance.
- Crossbite – this is when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
- Open bite – the space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
- Misplaced midline – when the center of your upper teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
- Spacing – if there are gaps or spaces between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not fill up the mouth
- Crowding – this is when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate
Fixing the alignment of your teeth using orthodontics goes beyond the appearance, getting an orthodontic treatment can give you a healthier mouth that’s easier to clean, and thereby help you avoid oral health problems so you get to keep your teeth for a lifetime.