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Orthodontics like dental braces, clear teeth aligners and retainers for teeth focus on correcting a patient’s teeth and jaw structure to improve their bite pattern and overall smile. Dental problems such as crowded or crooked teeth can affect your smile, chewing ability and overall health.
Misaligned teeth can also put excess pressure on other teeth, gums, and jaw joints, leading to conditions like TMD (temporomandibular disorders) and migraine headaches.
Millions of children and adults each year choose an orthodontist to perform orthodontic treatments that correct some of these common problems:
Crowding occurs when there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate all of the teeth. Crowded teeth are hard to floss and can contribute to tooth decay if not corrected.
Abnormal tooth spacing causes unnatural gaps to appear between teeth, particularly between the two front teeth. Teeth spaced too widely can cause gingivitis and tooth decay by exposing more gum area to harmful bacteria.
A malocclusion is an improper bite caused by upper and lower teeth not meeting correctly when biting down. It can also affect the shape of your face and the appearance of your teeth. Underbites, overbites, and open bites are various types of malocclusions and can wear down your teeth prematurely.
Improper eruptions and impacted teeth are also common reasons for people to get orthodontic treatments.
Orthodontic appliances are also commonly used for teeth straightening and to correct habitual dental malformities, while using retainers after braces will help maintain the teeth-straightening effect once the braces are removed.
Dental braces made of metal brackets, wires, and bands are the most common form of orthodontic treatment. Today’s wire braces are less noticeable than those used in the past and can be used to quickly close gaps and align teeth.
Using digital technology, clear teeth aligners are custom-fitted dental devices also designed to progressively move the patient's teeth in small increments over time until they reach the desired positions. These invisible braces are plastic forms that slide on and off the teeth and are worn in a certain sequence to achieve the desired effect.
Retainers for teeth are frequently used to "retain" the effects of metal braces or clear aligners and keep your new smile intact for years to come.
Make an appointment today with Dentistry Of Oxnard for a free consultation and find out which type of orthodontic treatment would be best for you.