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Regardless of age, orthodontics help treat your improper bite, allowing you to perform daily functions such as chewing, all the while boasting an aligned smile. Orthodontic treatment can also restore the shape of your facial areas, aligning your lips, neck and jaw.
With straight teeth, you can enjoy an enhanced aesthetic appeal as well as better oral hygiene.
What is an Orthodontist?
What Causes an Improper Bite?
1) Misaligned Jaw Structure: If you have a misaligned jaw or bone structure, it could place stress on your teeth, leading to a malocclusion. An improper bite may then lead to difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, chewing or even developing TMJ symptoms.
2) Small Mouth: If you have a small mouth, you run the risk of not having enough room for your teeth to grow which causes them to cluster and grow crooked.
3) Too Many or Too Few Teeth: If you have either too many of too few teeth, it could affect your jaw line and the way you bite.
4) Tongue Thrusting: Tongue thrusting occurs when a child pushed his or her tongue forward with too much force, often resulting in an overbite.
5) Bad Habits: An improper bite could also develop as a result of bad functional habits such as thumb-sucking.
Candidacy for Orthodontics
1) Panoramic and cephalometric x-rays.
2) Oral and facial examination
3) Intraoral and facial photographs
4) Personal impressions of your tooth structure
Once your orthodontist evaluates your mouth, jaw and tooth structure, he or she will study the results in order to customize a treatment plan based on your needs. In your next visit, you and your orthodontist will talk about the treatment plan and what the treatment will entail. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and voice your concerns over what you can expect during the next few months of treatment.
To use Invisalign, your orthodontist or cosmetic dentist will supply you with a bunch of clear aligners. You will be instructed to remove these aligners every two weeks in order to encourage your teeth to shift.
In about nine to 15 months, your teeth should straighten completely. Keep in mind, however, that each case varies. You may require more or less time to complete Invisalign treatment.
Consult with your orthodontist or cosmetic dentist every six weeks to make sure your Invisalign treatment is running smoothly.
With Invisalign, you can achieve straight and attractive teeth within a few months without anyone knowing!