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How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty dealing with the correct alignment of teeth and jaws. Orthodontists continue their education after dental school by completing two or more years of training in moving teeth and jaws. Most people become familiar with orthodontists when they or their children have misaligned teeth they want to correct. Orthodontia addresses cosmetic issues and it often aids in oral health since straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. This can help prevent future dental problems such as decay and gum disease.
“Where is there a highly regarded orthodontist near me?” If you’ve been asking this question, please call our practice to arrange a visit with our orthodontist in Westland. You can count on us for exceptional service.
Why Do People Get Braces?
At Gentle Dental of Westland, we offer braces in Westland to correct the following problems:
- Crowding: too many teeth in your mouth causing misalignment issues
- Uneven spacing: gaps between teeth
- Overbites: also known as buck teeth
- Underbites: when the lower teeth protrude forward
- Crossbites: top teeth that don’t fit correctly with bottom teeth
- Misplaced midline: the middle of your top and bottom teeth don’t line up
Correcting these problems can help you look and speak better. You can count on us for a custom treatment plan to address your issue.
What Types of Braces Can I Choose From?
In many cases, you’ll have a choice between metal and ceramic orthodontic appliances with brackets, wires and bands, as well as clear aligners. In the last several decades, there have been vast improvements in orthodontic treatment with newer, less visible options available at affordable prices. Your orthodontist is the most qualified person to help you decide on the best option for your needs, taking into account your misalignment issues, your aesthetic concerns during treatment and your budget.
If My Teen Needs Braces, What Do I Need to Know?
Orthodontists usually suggest kids start treatment between the ages of 10 and 14 as it is easier to straighten teeth while their mouth is still growing. You and your teen probably have questions about orthodontics. Kids often wonder how they will look in braces, if they hurt and how long they will have to wear them. Most teens wear a fixed orthodontic appliance for one to two years depending on the severity of their problem. Your child will probably wear a retainer after treatment to maintain the results. There might be some discomfort with each adjustment, but it is not long-lasting pain or severe.
As a parent, you will want to know how much braces cost and how your teen will care for their teeth with them on. You’ll have to ensure your teen will keep up with their dental hygiene during their orthodontic treatment. You also wouldn’t want your child’s newly straightened teeth to have cavities. Help them avoid sugary foods and cut up healthy foods, like apples and carrots in small pieces so they can have snacks. Avoid keeping hard candy, popcorn and other food that can damage orthodontic appliances at the house. If your child has dental insurance coverage, we can help you estimate your out-of-pocket costs for each types of braces.
What Are Adult Braces?
No matter how old someone is, it’s never too late for straight teeth. Almost one in five orthodontic patients are older than age 18 according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Adults often choose clear aligner trays as they are nearly invisible and can be removed to eat. They use gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into the right position. Adults often do better with clear aligner trays than teens as a certain amount of self discipline is necessary to keep them in for at least 22 hours a day. If you’re an adult interested in straighter teeth, please call us and ask for a consultation.
How Much Are Braces in Westland?
Orthodontic work is an investment in a healthier, more attractive smile. It can help prevent expensive dental problems as teeth in alignment are easier to keep clean. There’s no price a person can put on a smile which gives them confidence either. Your or your child’s treatment cost will depend on the orthodontic appliance’s material and the severity of your issue. Children’s orthodontic appliances are smaller and therefore, usually more affordable. Our financing options and discount dental plans may make paying for orthodontic work easier.
Where Can I Find a Local Orthodontist?
We offer quality orthodontic care in our local community. We meet the unique needs of adolescents, teens and adults. Our goal is for you to have the attractive smile you deserve while making the necessary visits as comfortable as possible.
If you would like to visit our orthodontist in Westland to talk about your options, please phone us. We wat to give our patients a reason to smile more.