Orthodontics is a Greek word that essentially means “straight teeth.” The field of orthodontics primarily treats tooth misalignment and abnormalities in the jaw region. At first, orthodontic treatments were primarily given to teens and pre-teens who were still developing teeth. However, studies have shown that approximately 30% of orthodontic patients are adults. Having straight teeth isn’t all about aesthetics. Perfectly aligned teeth are easier to clean, provide better overall oral hygiene, and allow you to speak more clearly and give you the confidence to smile.
Although all age groups can receive effective orthodontic treatment, the American Dental Association recommends the treatments take place around age seven. The axiom is “the earlier the treatment, the quicker the results.” At Harbor Dental, we work with both pre-teens and teens to produce beautiful, healthy smiles.
Common Orthodontic Problems
- Anteroposterior deviations – this problem is defined as the conflict that occurs between a pair of closed jaws. For example, an overbite or an underbite.
- Overcrowding– this is one of the most common orthodontic problems. Overcrowding is what happens when there is a limited amount of space for healthy growth and development of adult teeth.
- Aesthetic problems – sometimes an otherwise straight and perfect smile can be disturbed by a single misaligned tooth. An orthodontist can help to realign the tooth with precision and ease
Orthodontic Solutions at Harbor Dental
- Fixed orthodontic braces – this is the most common form of treatment where a metal or ceramic base is attached to each individual tooth with a dental wire through each. With this process, we align the teeth by consistently re-adjusting the wire. Once the teeth are aligned, the braces may be removed.
- Invisalign – Invisalign is one of the latest inventions in orthodontics. It is a removable, dental aligner that is virtually invisible. Because the device is removable, it does not interfere with eating or other related activities. However, not everyone may be eligible for Invisalign treatment.