People have orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance, health and function of their teeth. These days, with good oral hygiene and regular dental care, teeth should last a life time. An attractive smile can play an important role in enhancing self-confidence.
Crowded and overlapping teeth may be more difficult to clean, possibly resulting in tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. The ability to chew food is best when the bite is correct. Proper and thorough chewing of food aids in good digestion. Some people have difficulty speaking properly because of alignment problems with their teeth and jaws. Crooked teeth also cause abnormal patterns of tooth wear along with gum disease. An Orthodontist may be able to help prevent these problems.
Orthodontic problems can be apparent by 7 to 9 years of age (and some problems can be detected earlier) when most of the adult front teeth have erupted. An early examination by an orthodontist may prevent some problems from getting worse and may also result in shorter treatment times and lessen the complication of the treatment.
The basic process for moving teeth is the same at any age although it generally takes longer for adult treatment as an adults jaw bones are denser than a child’s. Because adults’ jaws have completed growing, some severe malocclusions cannot be corrected with “braces” alone and in those cases the treatment is combined with jaw surgery (called “orthognathic” surgery). Together with the expertise of an oral surgeon, we can achieve wonderful results. Without the use of surgery, Dr. Claudia has successfully treated adult cases that were previously diagnosed as “untreatable” without surgery by other orthodontists.