Different Reasons For Orthodontic Care

Young blonde girl carrying backpack and smiling with bracesReasons for why one may need orthodontic care vary from patient to patient, with the number of adults beginning treatment in the U.S. alone rising steadily every year. At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we are here to help determine when such treatment is the appropriate course of action. After a consultation on your case with Diana Esshaki, DMD, MS or Neil Flückiger, DMD, we will recommend orthodontics whenever necessary.

Today, we’ll review common reasons for why this type of care is important and the benefits that come with it. If you or a loved one have any questions about orthodontics, please call us at (978) 922-3462.

Why Do People Get Orthodontic Treatment?

Being an orthodontist is about a lot more than just straightening people’s teeth. By correcting misaligned teeth, orthodontics can also treat or prevent more serious conditions that result from it, including:
•  Breathing or swallowing issues- Breathing only through your mouth may lead to snoring and from there sleep apnea.
•  Tooth decay.
•  Protecting your teeth and gums- A misaligned bite may lead to teeth, fillings, and crowns suffering damage (breaks, cracks, fractures, etc). This, in turn, can cause pain and unhealthy gums.
•  Crossbite- One or multiple teeth biting inside your lower teeth (commonly towards the tongue).
•  Teeth crowding- A condition involving extra teeth or teeth that have shifted out of proper position.
•  Overbite- The front teeth in your lower jaw bite into the tissue of your upper teeth.
•  Underbite- Your lower jaw is longer than your upper jaw.
•  Pain or discomfort with your jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
•  Grinding or clenching of your teeth (bruxism).
•  Mouth & facial disfigurement- This affects the development of your jaw and placement of the teeth.
•  Lost or extra teeth- This can happen due to decay, injury, or genetics, such as a hereditary condition.
•  Overjet- Also known as the protrusion of the upper teeth, involves upper teeth protruding beyond a normal extent and is typically associated with a shorter lower jaw.
•  Self-image- A beautiful, healthy smile can boost one’s confidence and self-esteem.
•  Gaps between teeth- Involves teeth that are lost, too small, or too big. Excess spacing can affect your surrounding teeth in that they may begin to shift out of alignment as a result.
•  General eating or chewing problems.
•  Periodontal (gum) disease.
•  Prevent cardiovascular (heart) disease- Poor dental hygiene may cause tartar buildup in your gums, which allows accumulation of harmful bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and increase risk of heart disease.
•  Speech, chewing, or bite impediment- Generally results from malocclusion and jaw misalignment.

Conditions that are specific to children include:
•  Finger or thumb sucking- This can cause your upper incisors to protrude and the upper jaw to constrict.
•  Teeth erupting in the wrong position- When your child undergoes their routine dental X-ray, we’ll determine from that the likelihood of his/her teeth erupting properly. If any teeth are shown moving off course, orthodontics can guide these teeth into their correct placement before it becomes an issue.

As you can see, there are many benefits to choosing orthodontic care, whether it’s to get your children early treatment, treatment for teenagers, or adult procedures for yourself. Every smile matters and a bright new one can be yours. Remember, for any questions or to set up an appointment, please call us at (978) 922-3462.


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