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.
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.
The benefits of orthodontics can include:
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.
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.
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:
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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