Orthodontics for Miami Patients: Putting You on the Path to a Straighter Smile
Yes, orthodontics can help you achieve a more attractive smile, but orthodontic treatments also come with quite a number of health benefits, namely straighter teeth and a proper bite. When teeth are straight and properly spaced, they are also easier to clean, which means you will be less likely to develop issues with plaque, tartar, and periodontal disease. Your teeth will also be properly aligned, allowing for even pressure along the biting surfaces of the teeth. Improper teeth alignment can cause uneven wear patterns. An uneven bite also places additional pressure on the jawbone and the supporting muscles and tissues, which can lead to painful disorders such as “TMJ” (temporomandibular joint disorder).
Are you worried about having a “metal mouth?” CG Smile also offers clear aligners and night guards in addition to traditional braces.
What is Orthodontic Dentistry?
General dentistry largely focuses on maintaining the health of the teeth and gums. Orthodontics, on the other hand, is mostly concerned about the arrangement of teeth in relation to each other and the jawbone. Orthodontics is often used to straighten teeth as well as correct issues related to teeth spacing and bite (how the teeth meet). Straight teeth are not only more attractive, but they are also easier to clean with a toothbrush and floss.
The main treatments offered by orthodontists are conventional braces and aligner trays. These both work on the principle that by applying pressure to the teeth, the alveolar bone (jawbone) will adapt. The result is a smile that is straight and properly aligned.
Conditions Treated by Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatments such as braces and clear aligners are used to treat a range of conditions, including:
- Gaps between teeth (diastema)
- Cross bite
- Open bite
- Crooked teeth
- …and others
What Age is Best to Start Orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatments work best while the patient's craniofacial features (skull and jaw) are still in the growth stages. This means that orthodontic treatments should ideally begin somewhere around the ages of 7 to 9 and conclude around the ages of 13 to 15. Contrary to popular belief, even seniors can successfully correct their teeth with braces, clear aligners, and other orthodontic treatments. So, even if you are in your 50s or 60s, there is still time to have the kind of smile you’ve always wanted.
Traditional wire-and-bracket braces are still the preferred form of orthodontic treatment for severe forms of malocclusion (crooked teeth). Conventional braces are also beneficial in treating cases where the movement of teeth is more complicated. If you're hesitant about going with conventional braces, you should know that recent innovations have made braces a more attractive treatment option. Here are a few things you should consider while you’re wondering if braces are for you:
- They cost less. Since dental insurance plans typically only cover a portion of the cost of braces, budget does come into play. Patients can save a significant amount of money by choosing traditional braces over clear aligns — that is something worth smiling about!
- They're less obtrusive. Today's braces not only come with smaller metal brackets, but there are also ceramic porcelain options that can be tinted to match the shade of your teeth. This means only the thin wire will be visible under most circumstances.
- Braces can be used by all ages. While clear aligners have been embraced by teenagers and adults, clear aligners are not recommended for children. Braces are still the go-to option for kids!
- They're great for complicated orthodontic work. Clear aligners are only recommended for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. In cases of severely crooked teeth, traditional braces remain the best option.
If you are looking to fix your smile without breaking your budget, call CG Smile for a consultation on orthodontic braces!
Plan for a Great Smile
Comprehensive dental exams allow dentist to gather all the information necessary to develop a long-term treatment plan. Ensure a future of beautiful, healthy smiles — schedule a comprehensive dental exam, today!
Replacing an Extracted or Missing Tooth
Thanks to modern dentistry, if you do have a missing tooth there are a variety of options when it comes time to replace it. Some standard tooth replacement procedures include: