Why is orthodontics so important for both children and adults? Because orthodontic treatment can save and enhance lives! Orthodontic treatment helps to correct both teeth and jaw alignment problems. Structure and the development of facial bones and muscles can profoundly affect people socially and physically.
Structure and development of the orofacial tissues, including teeth, gums, and bone, can profoundly affect people socially and physically. Improperly and misaligned dental structures can affect the ability to chew one's food and therefore affect proper nutrition. It can lead to snoring, breathing, and sleep apnea (not just an adult disease), ADHD, TMJ disorders, and headaches, as well as clenching and grinding your teeth.
Orthodontic treatment not only corrects crooked teeth, but jaw alignment problems as well and can involve the use of appliances such as braces, retainers, aligners, and elastics. If you have crowded or overlapping teeth, your ability to keep them clean significantly increases your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and potentially tooth loss. With orthodontic treatment, you can improve the health of your teeth and supporting structures and start to smile with confidence!
Early intervention and treatment is preferred, since the process is usually quicker, easier, and more holistic. Treatment can begin as early as six or seven, which is when some habits that are formed as a baby can begin to cause unwanted tooth movement or bone movement. Further, early treatment utilizes a child's normal growth sequence to accomplish ideal dental harmony, resulting in a healthier, better functioning dentition. Orthodontic treatment is also available for adults, who can be treated with both fixed and removable appliances.
Gone are the days where orthodontics was simply used for treating crooked teeth, although this practice is still extremely important. The message here is that jaw, tooth and boney structures, as well as the development of the face can have an impact on your life. A strong foundation is a critical to long-term oral health and, as health care professionals at Lifestyle Dentistry, we look beyond the teeth and treat the whole body.
It would our pleasure at Lifestyle Dentistry to give you our your child a complimentary orthodontic consultation to see how orthodontic treatment can help you!