October is here and this month we’re celebrating National Orthodontics Month! There is no better time to address your oral health.
Orthodontics is a specialized dentistry field which deals with teeth and jaw alignment to help enhance a person’s oral health and aesthetics. Orthodontic treatment is common among children from the age of 8-14 years since abnormalities in teeth orientation begin to manifest between six to twelve years. Treatment during one’s childhood is more effective compared to when done during adulthood since the root canals are yet to have a solid ground, thus easy to align. Corrective orthodontics is done to fix jaw and teeth problems resulting from accidents and growth changes.
Failure to correct orthodontic deformities such as crowding, wide spacing, and a protrusion can lead to some oral health challenges including tooth decay, loss, and gum disease.
Orthodontists can provide a remedy to such deformities by using braces, also known as aligners to help guide crooked teeth into the right position. Braces can either be metallic or ceramic and are made to last permanently in the mouth until a patient completes the treatment process.
Stainless steel metal braces are the most common type compared to ceramic braces due to low cost. Braces contain metal bands for wrapping around the molars and smaller brackets which are cemented on other teeth’s front surfaces. In between the brackets of a brace, is a spring metal wire which helps guide the teeth into the right position. Ceramic braces are made from a translucent ceramic material which matches the natural color of teeth, making it hard to be easily noticed. Lingual braces are worn on the back side of the teeth to help teeth fit in the right position without being exposed.
Be happy; there is hope for a better smile even when your teeth appear crooked at present! Contact Dr. Gina Lee with North Durham Orthodontics today for your free consultation!