|Most people think that braces and clear aligners are only used to straighten teeth. While this is true, there is a lot more to orthodontics than what you might think. Orthodontic treatment involves changes in jaw bones, facial bones, and soft tissue as teeth are moved into their new positions. Having a healthy bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. Here are some of the most common malocclusions, or “bad bites”:
Crossbite:A Crossbite is characterized by the upper teeth sitting inside the lower teeth or vice versa. This can cause asymmetric jaw growth.
Crowding:Crowding occurs when teeth don’t have enough room to erupt from the gums. Tooth extraction can often be avoided with interceptive orthodontic treatment.
OpenbiteAn openbite is characterized by the upper and lower front teeth not overlapping at all. This type of bite interferes with chewing.
Overbite/Overjet:When the upper front teeth extend out over the lower teeth, this is called an overbite. Sometimes the lower teeth may bite into the roof of the mouth.
Spacing:Problems with spacing might be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be an aesthetic issue.
For example, you can inherit mom’s teeth and dad’s jaw so there could be a mismatch in the size of the teeth and the size of the jaw which can lead to spacing or crowding.
Underbite:An underbite is when the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper teeth.
Upper Front Teeth Protrusion:This type of malocclusion occurs when the upper teeth extend too far forward OR the lower teeth do not extend forward enough.
Having properly aligned teeth is critical to oral health. With good oral health, including orthodontic treatment when necessary, your teeth can last a lifetime. Last, but not least, a huge benefit of orthodontic treatment is aesthetics. Many people avoid smiling because of crooked or crowded teeth. Your smile IS the first thing people notice about you. Orthodontic treatment can give you the confidence you deserve.
Orthodontic treatment is very personalized and treatment times will vary in length from person to person. Your care often starts with a thorough examination of the teeth and mouth, and study of dental records such as x-rays, photos and models of your teeth. From this detailed information your orthodontist develops a custom treatment plan designed for you.
Choosing an Othodontist
Orthodontists are dentists who have completed a 2 to 3 year residency after dental school to learn the science and art of orthodontics. These dentists usually graduate at the top of their class, as the field is competitive- there are approximately 15 applicants per opening in these residency programs. Orthodontists dedicate 100% of their attention to tooth alignment, bite correction, growth & development, and facial aesthetics.
When choosing a doctor to straighten your teeth and correct your bite, you want to choose someone who received extensive training in orthodontics. An orthodontist is the only dental specialist who has the knowledge to get you the results you desire. When looking for an orthodontist, you may consider asking your dentist for a referral, asking family and friends in the community, or even speaking to all the orthodontists in your area. We welcome you to visit our office any time to meet our staff. Our orthodontists always make sure the patient comes first and are confident that this will shine through when you visit the office.
Even when happy or laughing, people with crooked or spaced teeth will avoid showing them. Orthodontics has probably crossed their mind, but they are afraid that they cannot afford it. We get it. . .you’re wondering how much all of this is going to cost. While the cost of these treatments is dependent on each individual patient’s needs, we are willing to work with you to set up payments that are affordable for you.
Some dental insurances do provide a benefit for orthodontic care. When you decide to move forward with treatment for yourself or family member, our financial manager will discuss with you the amount of coverage that your insurance company agrees to provide. We are always willing to answer any questions about our financial policies or financing options prior to starting to treatment. For your convenience, we do provide payment plans and also accept most major credit cards.
For more information, please do not hesitate to call New England Orthodontic Specialists at (978) 922-3462 today!