Orthodontics (Limited care)

Orthodontic appliances like braces work by slowly and constantly moving teeth into position until they are properly aligned and placed. Braces can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic, and some are practically invisible. Getting braces isn’t just about having a beautiful smile, however. In some cases, seeing an orthodontist for preventative diagnosis and care can help prevent more costly dental procedures later.

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Houston Orthodontics (Limited care)

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a special field of dentistry that focuses on the prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. While a general dentist focuses primarily on cavities and gum disease, orthodontists promote healthy teeth by targeting issues like improper jaw alignment, crooked teeth, and crowded teeth. But creating a beautiful, straight smile isn’t all that orthodontists do. By treating some of the underlying orthodontic problems that lead to tooth decay and tooth loss, orthodontists also help their patients maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Why orthodontics is used?

The benefits of orthodontics can include:

  • 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

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth, or their teeth do not meet correctly when they bite. These problems can mean it's harder to keep your teeth and gums clean and your teeth are more likely to become damaged.

In some cases, abnormal positioning of your teeth and jaw can affect the shape of your face.

Orthodontics can also help in the treatment of other health problems, such as a cleft lip and palate.

Does getting braces hurt? What about wearing them?

Having braces put on is generally painless. Some people experience minor aches and pains in the first couple of days or so, as they adjust to wearing their appliances; periodic adjustments may sometimes cause soreness as well, though it typically lasts only a short time. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to alleviate any discomfort, but are usually unnecessary.

How long will treatment take?
It's different for each person, but generally the active stage of treatment (that is, wearing braces or other appliances) may take from 6-30 months. After that, a retainer is worn.
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Benefits of orthodontics

Orthodontics has additional benefits over improving cosmetic appearance. The benefits for opting for straightening the teeth include:
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Improvement of self esteem

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Improved function of teeth including better chewing and clearer pronunciation and speech

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Reduced risk of dental caries occurring due to the collection of food particles between the teeth

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Reduced risk of gum injury and trauma due to overbites and malocclusions

Aims of orthodontic treatment

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Providing cosmetic correction and improving appearance

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Providing a healthy functional bite

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Preventing diseases of the teeth

Some of the dental malocclusions that may be corrected by orthodontics include:
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Crowded teeth

Crowding of teeth or poor alignment of teeth that may be too large for the mouth. This leads to a poor bite as well as an unsightly appearance. The most common teeth to crowd are the upper canine teeth.
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An open bite

This occurs when the lower end of the upper front teeth do not touch the upper end of the lower front teeth. This leads to insufficient chewing.
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Deep over bite

This describes when the top and bottom front teeth are not aligned and the bottom teeth tend to touch the roof of the mouth, sometimes damaging the gums and the palate. This may lead to gum damage, gum diseases, tooth loss and tooth wear.
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Cross bite

This occurs when the teeth ends do not meet. It leads to poor appearance, insufficient chewing and easily erodible teeth.
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Increased overjet

This describes when the upper teeth protrude and may result from thumb or finger sucking. This may also be due to uneven jaw bone growth.
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Reverse overjet

The lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw. Aside from poor cosmetic appearance, it can lead to worn teeth.
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Unnatural spacing between teeth may result from poorly developed, smaller or missing teeth.
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How Do Orthodontic Treatments Work?

Orthodontic treatments involve different types of appliances used to retrain muscles, slowly move teeth, and affect your jaw's growth by placing gentle pressure on your teeth and jaw.

Risks of orthodontic treatment

One of the most important risks to be considered in orthodontics is a failure to achieve the desired outcome from treatment. However, in most cases the treatment benefits outweigh the possible risks and disadvantages. Some of the risks include:

  • Early tooth decay - This may occur if the areas around braces are not kept clean and plaque has accumulated around a fixed brace causing caries (especially if diet is high in sugar).
  • Root resorption or dissolving of the roots of the teeth - Movement and binding of the teeth with braces may result in this complication.
  • Loss of gum support - This is also caused by the use of braces in some individuals. Braces and orthodontic treatment may give rise to or aggravate gum inflammation and increase the risk of gum disease.
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Do you want to know more or need a consultation?

We invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Zarghouni, to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call Dentist in Houston TX at (281) 880-6666 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.

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