Orthodontic braces move teeth into more favorable positions. Brackets, wires and innovative clear aligners put strategic pressure on selected teeth, remolding underlying bone and correcting bite and spacing. At Downtown Parker Dental, Dr. Robert DiGiorgio offers orthodontic treatment to children and adults. Read about how its health benefits.
Treatment of millions
Literally millions of Americans--adults, teens and children--currently receive treatment with some type of orthodontic braces, says Harvard Health. Orthodontists and general dentists use clear aligners, palatal expanders, metal and ceramic braces, space maintainers and lingual braces to remold underlying jaw bone and re-position teeth to correct:
- Malocclusion, or bite, problems
- Poor jaw development
- Improper tooth eruption
- Gaps and crowding
- Cosmetic smile problems
Generally, a better-functioning, well-aligned smile increases a person's self-confidence. And, research shows that people perceive individuals with beautiful smiles as smarter, more competent and very approachable, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Health benefits of orthodontics
The average orthodontic treatment using traditional braces takes about two and a half years. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, offer shorter treatment times of a year or even less. But, whatever system proves right for your individual needs, orthodontics from Downtown Parker Dental delivers health benefits you might not expect.
- Better oral hygiene habits because braces require special maintenance techniques
- Less tooth decay and gum disease because teeth are better aligned and easier to care for
- Fewer headaches, earaches, and neck and shoulder pain
- Easier and more efficient biting and chewing
- Fewer digestive problems, such as acid reflux
- Less teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Fewer oral accidents (protruding front teeth often chip or cause lacerations to the mouth and lips)
- Clearer speech
- Balanced facial symmetry and better muscular dynamics
- Less wear and tear on tooth enamel
- Reduction or even elimination of TMJ/TMD (painful jaw joint dysfunction)
- Preservation of healthy gum tissue and underlying bone in the jaw
Learn more about braces
The American Association of Orthodontists says children should have orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Earlier treatment is easier and faster. However, if a patient has good oral health, he or she likely can wear braces or aligners at any age to correct a wide range of smile alignment problems.
Dr. DiGiorgio and his staff will walk you through the evaluation process and arrive at a treatment plan suited to your oral health needs and your personal preferences. They'll show you how your smile will improve in appearance and function.
Call Downtown Parker Dental in Parker, CO, for more information on orthodontics and to arrange a one-on-one consultation with this highly skilled dental team. Phone (303) 699-6100.