Orthodontic Treatment in Philadelphia PA
Nothing can ruin confidence more than having misaligned teeth. It can make you feel self-conscious about smiling for pictures and talking in social situations. People seek orthodontic treatments to correct these various dental problems:
- Cross bite
- Misplaced midline
- Open bite
- Overbite, also known as buck teeth
- Spacing gaps
- Underbite, also known as a bulldog appearance
The most common practice utilized in correcting misaligned teeth is braces. When getting braces, bands are put around the front teeth and wires are attached to the band and run across the mouth and tightened. Over time they slowly and gently bring the teeth back into alignment. Normally, people wear braces for one to two years. They might wear a retainer after the braces are removed.
If the misalignment was caused by a childhood habit of thumb sucking, there are appliances that can be put in place to discourage thumb sucking and gently bring the teeth back into proper alignment. If a child loses a baby tooth before the permanent tooth comes in, a spacer band can be put in place until the permanent tooth grows into its space.
There are also removable appliances that can be used to help bring the teeth back into alignment. One of the most popular appliances is a retainer. It fits at the top of the mouth and can be removed for eating and cleaning. A retainer is usually made after one has completed their time wearing braces and the teeth have moved back into alignment sufficiently where only temporary braces are needed.
Aligners are more fitting for adults who don’t want to be seen wearing traditional wire braces. Aligners work like traditional braces except you can take them out to eat and clean them. However, the important thing to remember is aligners only work when they are in your mouth. If they spend more time out of your mouth than in, it takes longer to bring your teeth back into proper alignment.
If you’re seeking cosmetic dentistry or orthodontic services, call our office and make an appointment. It’s the first step in creating a beautiful smile.