What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty concerned with correcting the misalignment of your teeth and bite. While many dentists refer patients to an orthodontist for the placement of braces, Dr. Truong has many years of experience in providing traditional orthodontic treatments for both children and adults, offering a convenient option for those who do not wish to see a separate specialist. Using before and after imaging software, Dr. Truong can show you exactly what your new smile will look like after orthodontic treatment.
Is straightening teeth a cosmetic procedure?
While perfectly-aligned teeth provide an attractive cosmetic effect, orthodontic treatment can also dramatically benefit your oral health. Crooked and overlapping teeth collect plaque and bacteria because these areas are often difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing. Straight teeth provide easy access to all tooth surfaces for easier cleaning. Crooked teeth and a misaligned jaw also place you at a higher risk of developing bruxism or TMJ disorder, both of which can lead to chronic pain and decreased oral functioning. Therefore, straightening your teeth and bite with braces will increase your chances of maintaining healthy teeth, gums, and jaw joints for life.
When should patients seek an orthodontic consultation?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), you should take your children for an orthodontic consultation by the age of 7, as many problems with tooth alignment and jaw development can be prevented the earlier they are spotted. However, it is never too late to schedule an orthodontic consultation if you have any of the following:
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Widely-spaced teeth
- Teeth that do not meet properly when you bite
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Jaw pain, locking, or clicking
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