Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in correcting improperly positioned teeth and jaws. It also falls under cosmetic dentistry as it helps improve one’s smile through teeth straightening or alignment correction.
Apart from not being aesthetically-pleasing, it can also cause several oral health issues. If your teeth are crooked, it increases the chances of plaque build-up and also makes brushing and flossing difficult.
Below are the most common issues that can be fixed with orthodontics:
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth alignment
- Teeth straightening
- Speech or eating problems
- Incorrect bite
In addition to teeth alignment, orthodontics can also help in ensuring healthy teeth and gums while preventing long-term damage.
Children ages 12-13 years old can be considered for orthodontic treatment since most adult teeth have already developed by then. Good oral hygiene dictates when treatment should begin. Using orthodontic devices such as plates, braces, and head gear require extra care and responsibility. Food can easily get stuck when orthodontic devices are installed on the mouth; hence, the patient needs to have good oral hygiene to avoid plaque build-up and tooth decay.
In order to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment, the patient must follow their dentist’s instructions well. For your orthodontic needs, Pacific Dental Smiles in Ontario, California is ready to help. Give us a call!