Most of the time, patients decide to get braces because they want a beautiful smile they can be proud of—a smile that gives them self-confidence and simply makes them feel better about themselves.
But did you know there could be health reasons as well?
Your dentist may have discussed with you the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions (bad bites) can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech problems.
- Malocclusions (bad bites) can also cause bone loss.
Orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.
What we look for
Every patient is unique. Here are a few case studies of actual patients.
Crowding of Teeth
Patient began treatment at age fifteen. Teeth were extracted and patient wore braces for twenty-four months. He loves his new smile.
Spacing of teeth
Patient was bothered by the gaps between her teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave her an ideal bite in twenty-four months.
Openbite Front teeth do not overlap
Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age eight. She wore a special appliance for six months— called a crib — to retrain the tongue and prevent it from pushing the teeth open. Now, she has a normal bite.
Deep overbite Upper front teeth cover the lower front teeth too much
This patient required braces to correct his overbite. He wore braces for twenty months.
Overbite Protruding of the upper front teeth (Buck teeth)
At age eleven, the patient had a big overbite with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had braces and a forsus appliance to correct the overbite and protruding teeth.
Missing lateral incisors
This patient’s lateral incisor was congenitally missing. She had braces for twenty-four months to move the teeth into the correct position, and then the missing tooth was replaced with a bonded “Maryland” bridge.
Underbite Upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth
At age eight, patient’s underbite was causing excessive wear patterns on his teeth. With the use a facemask and partial braces, he now finds smiling and chewing much easier. A second phase of treatment will be evaluated after the loss of remaining baby teeth.
Lip Bumper Treatment
Patient had lower lip bumper to expand the lower arch to make space for the canines.
Patient’s parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth at age nine. The lower front teeth were crowded and erupting in the wrong direction Also, the upper front teeth were extremely crowded. After twelve months of Phase I treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient’s appearance and dental function was vastly improved.