There is so much more to orthodontics than traditional braces. There is also much more to orthodontics than straightening crooked teeth. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that works to treat patients with a number of dental concerns. It is true; the positioning of teeth such as closing gaps is treated with orthodontic dentistry, other treatments for conditions including speech and eating issues, excessive tooth wear, jaw shape and development issues, and many others. Also, there are many different appliances used in orthodontics that include aligners, retainers, splints, and lip and cheek bumpers, among others.
Reasons for OrthodonticsYou may be surprised to learn that without orthodontic treatment, many conditions relating to orthodontia that seem benign can cause severe and painful issues over time. Teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together properly are harder to keep clean, and more prone to early tooth decay and periodontal disease. Improper jaw alignment can place stress on your muscles used for chewing causing pain and sometimes severe headaches. TMJ syndrome, as well as neck and back pain, can be a direct result of jaw misalignment. Finally, perhaps the most commonly considered reason orthodontic care is important is that without it, your smile and appearance can be affected. This can damage confidence and self-esteem, and hides your smile. The misalignment of your teeth and jaw can consist of several conditions including overbite, underbite, crossbite, misplaced midline, spacing, and crowding. All of these and other dental conditions can be resolved with orthodontic care.
Do I Need Orthodontic Care?If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, your dentist can assist you in determining if orthodontic treatment can help. To do this, we use a number of modern diagnostic tools not only to determine if orthodontics will help but what treatment method will be most effective in your unique case. Plaster models of your teeth may be taken, as well as x-rays and photographs. All this is done to ensure that your orthodontic treatment will provide the optimal results in the least amount of time possible.
Orthodontic TreatmentOrthodontics is a specialized area of dental practice and requires extensive training and experience. Dr. Reckling offers patients orthodontic treatment, and our team has a passion for restoring beautiful smiles and oral function to improve the lives of our patients. The primary purpose for orthodontic services is to align the teeth correctly to improve jaw function. However, orthodontic dentistry has many other benefits for both adults and children. East Ridge Dentistry can provide treatment options such as clear braces.
Invisalign® (clear braces) have made a huge impact in the world of cosmetic dentistry. Patients who can benefit from Invisalign® typically complete treatment in less than a year, some treatment plans are as little as 6 months.
You may be somewhat familiar with how the Invisalign® treatment works. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign® we’d like to take you through each step of the treatment process, from consultation to confident smile. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or someone else, knowing more about the entire process can help you be more confident in your decision to choose Invisalign® and enjoy a better smile every day. Dr. Reckling with Dr. Seaborn and their team are trained in Invisalign® treatment, and Dr. Reckling is a certified Invisalign® dentist.
Along with orthodontic dentistry, East Ridge Dental offers a range of other services to help you. Learn more about our additional services below and please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about these services, or for any other assistance that we can provide. With East Ridge cosmetic dentistry, it is time to “share your smile.”