Ready to get the smile you've always wanted?
Our orthodontic treatment team at Hylan Dental Care of Aurora can help.
At Hylan Dental Care, we understand that a picture-perfect smile is not something that everyone is born with.
We also understand that a picture-perfect smile is not attainable for everyone, but our office can help each patient attain a smile to feel confident about.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting teeth and jaw that have grown improperly.
Crooked teeth that do not fit together correctly can lead to a variety of oral health problems, such as an inability to maintain good oral hygiene, tooth decay, periodontal disease, temporomandibular joint condition (TMJ) among other diseases.
It is best to seek dental treatment for misaligned teeth before any other oral care issues like the ones listed above arise.
Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile that lights up the room, a smile that makes them feel confident, a smile that others think is contagious − for some, this means orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Daniel Glick, D. D. S. can help to correct any jaw misalignment and gently alter your teeth that have grown incorrectly.
Here's some information you should know about to make the best decision for you or your child's smile.
Below we answer the most pressing questions regarding orthodontic treatments, braces, and more.
Consulting with a dentist will be the best way to determine whether you are a candidate for this orthodontic treatment method.
Having a full dental exam as well as having X-rays and photographs of your teeth are all helpful in deciding whether or not braces are a good treatment option for you.
Since braces are a dental treatment for correcting oral situations like misaligned or crooked teeth, if you have any of the conditions listed below, you may be a candidate for braces.
You may benefit from having braces if you have any of the following dental conditions:
Overbite: this is when your upper jaw overlaps your lower jaw, resulting in your upper front teeth sticking out and resting over your lower teeth.
Underbite: this is the opposite of an overbite; your lower jaw sticks out ahead of your upper jaw so that your lower teeth extend out further than your top teeth.
Crossbite: a lateral misalignment of dental arches, resulting in a bite where the upper teeth not coming down slightly in front of the lower teeth.
Spacing: gaps and spaces between teeth. These spaces can be results from missing teeth or teeth that did not "fill up" the mouth.
Crowding: this occurs when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate comfortably, resulting in teeth bunching together.
Misplaced midline: this is when the center of your upper front teeth and center of your lower front teeth do not line up.
Open bite: this is a bite that has spacing between the side and/front teeth while the back teeth are touching.
So, after your dentist determines that you will benefit from orthodontic treatment, the question remains: how does this kind of treatment work?
Orthodontic treatments help to move and reposition teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of jaws.
These treatments help to redesign and correct your smile without much major oral surgery.
Conventional treatments include appliances such as fixed braces, removable braces, functional appliances, and headgear.
Orthodontic treatment plans timeframes vary from patient to patient, and are customized to each patient's specific oral issues and conditions, as well as their medical and dental histories.
That being said, most have orthodontic treatments for one to three years.
Again, this is an estimated timeframe, and your exact timeline of braces treatment will be dependent upon what degree of correct your teeth need and medical history.
There are a lot of different appliances that can be used within orthodontic treatments, and they are divided into two main categories: fixed appliances and removable appliances.
Fixed appliances are orthodontic devices that are attached to your teeth, unable to be removed by you (the patient).
There are four different kinds of fixed appliances: braces, special fixed appliances, fixed space maintainers and fixed retainers.
The other orthodontic appliance is removable appliances. Removable devices are able to be taken out at-will by you, the patient.
It is best to remove the device when eating and drinking, and you should brush your teeth before putting the appliance back in.
A few different kinds of removable appliances are aligners, removable space maintainers, jaw repositioning appliances, lip and cheek bumpers, palatal expanders, removable retainers and headgear.
Clear braces and metal braces are the same things, just made with different materials. They have fixed non-removable brackets that require professional care and wires that run through the brackets.
Metal braces are stainless steel, which makes them visible, especially compared to ceramic braces, which have brackets that are not as visible.
The ceramic brackets can be transparent or tooth-colored for a camouflage look.
Invisalign is more like a clear, plastic-like retainer and can be taken in and out as needed. Patients are required to wear them around a minimum of 22 hours a day to achieve the desired results.
A new Invisalign set will be used every 1-3 weeks until your teeth are have been corrected as your doctor has planned.
All three kinds of braces have the same results, but some patients feel that Invisalign is more comfortable and less noticeable. Your dentist will have to determine which treatment will be best for your specific case.
Before getting braces (or Invisalign) for your teeth, there are a few steps to take in order to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is smooth-sailing.
Steps to take prior to getting braces:
There is no right age to get braces.
It is commonly thought that high school is the ideal time; however, patients are getting braces earlier than high school, and adults are too.
Bottom line: any time is the time to take care of your oral health.
For younger patients looking to get braces, it is essential for all of the baby teeth to be gone.
If you are ready to invest in correcting your smile or your child's smile, come to Hylan Dental Care of Aurora for high-quality orthodontic treatments!
You can schedule an orthodontic consultation appointment with us by calling our office or clicking on the blue Request button below!
We look forward to treating you and creating a smile that you will love!