Orthodontic treatment (often with “braces”) improves the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth, and to correct problems with the bite of the teeth.
These problems can mean the teeth are more likely to become damaged, can put a strain on jaw muscles and lead to other issues (like headaches). In some cases, these problems can even affect the shape of a person’s face.
Orthodontic treatment has many benefits, including correction of dental crowding and straightening of your teeth; correction of your bite so the front and back teeth meet evenly; reducing the chance of damage to prominent teeth; and importantly, improving your appearance, especially of your smile.
A general assessment will result in an orthodontic care plan. Assessment may involve X-rays, photographs and modeling of your mouth and teeth. The plan will then address all the stages of the treatment and what methods will be employed.
It will include specific preparations and treatment steps, such as, for instance, the removal of one or more teeth to make room for proper realignment. The plan will define the type of orthodontic device(s) that will best help you achieve your goals. This may include using traditional fixed braces (alignment wires attached to the teeth with special brackets), or removable tray-type inserts.
Dr. Johnson will discuss the plan thoroughly with you, and describe the various stages of treatment. This will include a projection on the time anticipated to complete the plan, and all the information you will need to know as you proceed with treatment.