Overbites, gaps, crowded teeth—all of these issues mar smile appearance. Fortunately, orthodontic care can eliminate these issues and improve your oral health in the process. Here at Madera Family Dental Care in Madera, CA, Dr. Ahmed Elsayed provides braces and clear aligners to achieve these feats. Read on to learn more.
How orthodontic appliances work
All types of braces—metal, ceramic, lingual, and clear aligners—use gentle physical forces to move teeth into straighter positions. Although firmly anchored in the jaw bone, teeth also are supported by the strong and flexible periodontal ligament. It's this hammock-like piece of connective tissue that dentists use to shift dental alignment.
Other kinds of braces (notably palatal expanders and retainers) have other specialized functions. These bonded-on expanders open young jaws to make room for large adult teeth. Retainers typically hold teeth in their new positions after treatment with braces or aligners is completed.
Why are braces needed?
The cosmetic purposes of orthodontia are obvious. A straight smile increases self-confidence, and frankly, beautiful teeth provoke a positive reaction in people we meet and work with. Research by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) supports this.
However, equally important are the health benefits of braces. These benefits are so impactful throughout life that the sooner orthodontic care begins, the better oral health will be. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. However, teens and adults may undertake treatment with braces, too.
Here are some of the health benefits of orthodontic treatment:
- Simplified oral care
- Less tooth decay and gum disease (and therefore, improved retention of all-natural teeth)
- Fewer jaw joint problems (TMJ/TMD)
- Less ear pain and fewer headaches
- Teeth that do not wear prematurely or chip/fracture due to uneven occlusion (i.e. dental bite)
- Elimination of painful and destructive teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Clearer speech
- Improved digestion
Also, because orthodontic patients wear fixed or removable appliances, they are more aware of their oral health during and after treatment. As such, they tend to see their dentists for their routine preventive care and have better oral hygiene habits at home.
Get a consultation
At Madera Family Dental Care in Madera, CA, we can help you with braces and with a whole array of preventive, restorative and cosmetic services. If you believe that orthodontic care may be in your family's future, come in for a friendly consultation with Dr. Ahmed ElSayed. He can guide you through the evaluation process and help you make the right decision for your smile appearance and long-term oral health. Call us today at (559) 661-4114 for an appointment.
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