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Do you need orthodontics? You may think the answer to that question is as simple as looking at your smile. If your teeth look straight, you assume you do not need an orthodontist. If your teeth look crooked, then you believe you need an orthodontist. The answer is a little more complicated. Not every crooked tooth needs to be straightened, though they can be to help you improve your smile. Not every straight smile is healthy because you can still have a malocclusion.

A malocclusion is the fancy dentist term for teeth that do not fit together correctly. They can happen when teeth are crooked. They can also be the result of an overbite or underbite. You can even impact the shape of your teeth with certain habits, such as thumb sucking, during childhood. Malocclusions are very common. Almost all people have some malocclusion. Minor malocclusions do not require treatment and create very few problems. However, moderate to severe malocclusions can cause jaw pain, neck pain, increase the risk of tooth damage, and even impact the shape of your face.

Traditional Braces

Traditional Braces are orthodontic devices used to align and straighten teeth, correct bite issues, and improve overall dental alignment. They consist of metal brackets, wires, and elastic bands that work together to gradually move the teeth into their desired positions.



Retainers are orthodontic devices used after the removal of braces or other orthodontic treatment to maintain the newly achieved dental alignment. The purpose of retainers is to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original positions, which could occur naturally as the dental structures tend to stabilize after braces removal.

Fixing moderate to severe malocclusions can positively impact your health. First, it reduces your risk of tooth decay and tooth damage. Malocclusions can make it difficult to brush and floss properly. They can also lead to uneven wear on the teeth, and this tooth erosion can exacerbate the rate of tooth decay. Fixing your teeth can also reduce the risk of temporomandibular jaw syndrome (TMJ), leading to grinding teeth, facial pain, and headaches.

Our approach to your orthodontic treatment depends on your mouth. You may need a spacer to increase the size of your upper jaw. We may need to remove teeth if crowding is an issue. Some patients may even require surgical procedures on their jaws. However, for most people, the fix to a malocclusion is usually some braces.

Traditional fixed multibracket braces are a time-tested orthodontics solution. We cement brackets to your teeth, connect them with wire, and adjust them to move your teeth into the proper position slowly. Once we get your teeth into the correct position, you use a removable device known as a retainer to help you keep them in the right spot.

However, there are other, less invasive options as well. We have removable clear plastic braces known as Invisalign. They are invisible, so they do not impact your ability to smile. Over time, you replace the clear aligners, slowly moving your teeth into the correct position.

We often associate orthodontics with tweens and teens. There is a reason for that. By that age, children are old enough to know how their teeth are forming and young enough that the bones in the jaw are still growing. That makes orthodontic treatment more accessible. However, malocclusion can occur at any age. They can impact facial symmetry, speech, and the ability to chew. You are never too old to get orthodontic work to improve your smile and quality of life. Plus, with newer methods, such as Invisalign, you get orthodontic work without anyone knowing.

Ready to improve the quality of your smile? Contact us to schedule an orthodontics consultation.

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