In many cases, orthodontic treatment does not begin until the permanent teeth have arrived. Our orthodontist probably will not want to put braces on baby teeth; however, orthodontic treatment can begin well before the permanent teeth have begun to emerge. This type of treatment can reduce the length of the final treatment and help it be more effective.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Aside from traditional braces, there are other types of treatment that can help correct misalignment, malocclusion, crowded teeth, and gaps between the teeth. These treatments align the teeth so they fit together properly for biting and chewing. They ensure there is enough room in the mouth for all the permanent teeth, and that teeth are straight and properly spaced.
Now, an orthodontist is more likely to recommend treatment that prepares your teeth for braces.
In the past, orthodontic treatment often began by extracting teeth to make room for those permanent teeth that had not yet come in. Now, an orthodontist is more likely to recommend treatment that prepares your teeth for braces. This can include spacers to move teeth slightly apart, palate expanders to widen the upper jaw so there is room for more teeth, or even treatment that widens the lower jaw. With this type of preparation, treatment with braces is more effective and often takes less time.
Why Choose Orthodontic Treatment?
Crooked teeth or poor alignment is more than just an aesthetic issue. Improper alignment can lead to long-term problems, including:
- Wear and tear
- Teeth grinding
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Left untreated, problems with the alignment of your teeth can, in the long run, lead to discomfort, damage to the teeth, and even tooth loss. So crooked teeth are more than just an issue of how you look. If you or your child have teeth that are misaligned, crooked, crowded, or that have wide gaps, see our orthodontist to have your teeth evaluated. Treatment with braces or other types of orthodontic appliance can help you achieve a perfect smile.
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