Types of Orthodontic Treatments

Looking for information on orthodontics, a branch of dentistry that focuses on helping dental patients who have crooked teeth? While you may only think of braces, there are many different types of orthodontic treatments available. Many people want to have straighter teeth because it makes for a more pleasant smile, but it is also much easier to clean teeth when they are straight, which leads to an improvement in one’s overall good oral health.

Types of oral problems orthodontics can treat

Even though many people do not think that having crooked teeth is an oral problem, it actually is. This is why it is recommended for those who have teeth that are not as straight as they should be to select main teeth straightening option, such as braces. Braces are not only ideal for straightening teeth, but they can also help correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, gaps in between the teeth, an overcrowded mouth and TMJ problems.

Common signs of oral problems that require orthodontics

It is not always obvious that someone is experiencing oral problems, as sometimes there are not any signs until they become more serious or because they are minimal. Common signs that will let someone know that something is wrong include unusual wear on the surfaces of teeth, an inability to properly chew food and misalignment of the jaw.

Common orthodontic treatments 

The following is a list of common types of orthodontic treatments available:

Traditional braces

Traditional braces, also called metal braces, have been around for many years and are still one of the more popular types of braces people choose. This teeth straightening option is common among teenagers, who usually also wear colored rubber bands to make braces more fun.

Barely visible braces

Invisible braces, also known as clear braces, use an aligner system and are commonly chosen among those who would rather keep their teeth straightening process a little more discreet. Ceramic braces are also a popular teeth straightening option, as they are barely noticeable because the brackets, and sometimes the wires as well, are clear

FastBraces®

FastBraces are a teeth straightening system that straightens teeth in as little as 100 days. This is a great option for someone who is interested in straightening their teeth for an upcoming event, such as a wedding.

Are you currently in need of braces?

Are you ready for orthodontics? If you are currently in need of a teeth straightening treatment and ready to start the process, the sooner you choose the type of orthodontic treatment you want, the sooner you can start enjoying the many benefits that come with having straight teeth. Know that many options for straightening your teeth can be done quickly; it will just depend on your particular situation for how long it will take to straighten your teeth. It can be as soon as six months, or it can take 18 months or so. In order for you to know treatment length, you will need to make an initial consultation appointment so that the dentist can examine your teeth.

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Straighter Teeth for a Healthier Mouth with Cosmetic Braces

BracesCosmetic braces often correct poorly-aligned or crooked teeth. This condition is known as a malocclusion or a "bad bite." If you suffer from this condition, cosmetic braces are an excellent way to address your issues and create the perfect smile you have always wanted.

Taking care of crooked or poorly aligned teeth provides more benefits than just improving the smile. Straightening the teeth also improves oral health since it is easier to properly take care of teeth in proper alignment than crooked teeth. Most dental professionals are capable of treating lesser teeth alignment issues, but there are specialists known as orthodontists who have the necessary training to handle more severe cases.

Are cosmetic braces for everyone?

We will decide if cosmetic braces are right for the patient after conducting an examination of the mouth. People with severe tooth alignment issues are often better off using traditional metal braces or other methods. However, most dentists often recommend traditional braces for children since these type of braces expand better as a child's mouth grows.

Teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic issues are typically good candidates for cosmetic braces.

What are the benefits of cosmetic braces?

Cosmetic braces are one of the least evasive ways to restore a smile. Certain types of aligners gradually straighten teeth with time and typically come off easily when it is time to clean the teeth. That means it is a lot easier to clean the mouth when choosing cosmetic braces over conventional ones. That is obviously great for long-term oral health.

Types of cosmetic braces

1. Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a lot similar to the conventional braces that we are all familiar with. The difference is that these consist of a transparent ceramic material that makes the device barely visible. One downside of ceramic braces is the fact that the elastics keeping the brace in place tend to discolor over time and stain the teeth.

2. Damon Braces

These are becoming increasingly popular nowadays mainly because it a less invasive treatment option that requires fewer visits to the dentist. Damon braces are self-contained, using a built-in mechanism to connect to the archwires of the braces instead of elastics as is the case with traditional or ceramic braces. The lack of elastics reduces staining and makes the device easier to clean.

These braces are also known to produce faster results since they do not need to be readjusted as the teeth move.

3. Clear aligners

Clear aligners are another popular way to straighten the teeth without having to deal with some distracting device in the mouth. It involves the use of plastic mouth-guard-like aligners that we customize for the patient. People can easily remove the aligners for meals and cleaning time. With clear aligners, patients do not need to change oral hygiene habits very much.

You get a new aligner every couple of weeks as your teeth move into place. These are just a few of the devices that can be used to straighten your teeth. Schedule an appointment with Asha Dental by calling (913) 440-4199 to find out more.

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Kids’ Orthodontics in Leawood Works to Solve Overcrowding Issues

Kids OrthodonticsWe provide kids orthodontics in Leawood, and one of the most common concerns parents have is if their child has overlapping or overcrowded teeth. This tends to be a particularly common issue, as children are in the process of losing their baby teeth and gaining their permanent ones. We have solutions to address this issue as part of an overall orthodontics treatment, and in some cases, we work to create more space before ever putting braces on. Here is what you need to know about our process.

Overcrowding can happen for a variety of reasons, but the most common are:

#1 – Teeth shifting due to early tooth loss

When your child loses a tooth on the playground or loses one due to decay, it can create a problem. Baby teeth serve an important role in helping your child develop their speech patterns and for helping them properly chew their food. Teeth perform another important duty: holding space for their adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the remaining teeth can begin to adjust their position and encroach upon the open space. Once the adult or permanent tooth is ready to come in, the spot will no longer be available. To reduce the likelihood of this happening to your child, maintain good oral hygiene at home, have a child's teeth cleaned by a dentist twice a year, and have them wear a mouth guard while playing sports.

#2 – Their palate is simply too small

If your child does not have a large enough palate to accommodate a full set of teeth, we will need to enlarge the palate. Enlarging the palate takes work and assistance from our orthodontics solutions. Fortunately, it is entirely possible to solve this problem.

As a provider of kids orthodontics in Leawood, we can address this issue using several methods:

  • Spacers. We can place small metal bands around their teeth. These bands will work to create space, and if they are on several teeth, more room will be created so the teeth can move into the correct position. This works well for minor overcrowding issues or in combination with an expander.
  • Expander. To widen your child’s palate, we can place an expander on the roof of his or her mouth. This expander will be adjusted on a daily basis so it slowly pushes outward. As it does, the palate is forced to expand, room is created, and their teeth may begin to move or adjust accordingly. It is very effective.
  • Extraction. We prefer to use non-invasive solutions. However, if you would like to explore extracting some of your child’s teeth, this is certainly a way to create space.

When you bring your child to visit us for kids orthodontics in Leawood, we can examine them, take X-rays, and let you know what solutions would work best for their particular situation. In some cases, parents select an option based on cost, while others select the least invasive method. Whatever you choose, we will incorporate it into their treatment plan so your child can end up with a beautiful smile and teeth that are perfectly positioned.

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More About Orthodontics and Oral Surgery for the Jaw

OrthodonticsAs a provider of orthodontics, we have the expertise to diagnose symptoms that may seem unconnected to the mouth, and connect them back to the jaw bone. A misaligned jaw may or may not manifest itself with traditional symptoms. The jawbone, being in the face, has been known to cause problems to the overall health of a person. For example, the jawbone being misaligned can be diagnosed from symptoms that may include migraine headaches, bouts of dizziness, and even severe pain in the neck and shoulders. There have even been cases of people with tinnitus, an extreme ringing in the ears, finding relief after getting their jaw realigned properly.

Even among orthodontists there are specialists who focus on different areas of the teeth and jaws. Most of the work an orthodontist does is concentrated on the teeth themselves and helping to move the jaw based on the alignment of the teeth, also known as the bite. There are, however, a school of orthodontics that is specifically focused on aligning the jaw and is known as Dentofacial orthodontics. Dentofacial orthodontics attempts to correct the misalignment of the jawbone itself. More often than not these practices are more effective in children, but there are also ways to correct misalignment in the jawbone of adults using these methods and oral surgical procedures.

Children are by far the best candidates for having their jaw alignment changed before it grows into a misaligned problem. Orthodontists can work with a child's jaw, using a variety of tools, so that it never grows in the wrong position. If we suspect that a child's jaw is growing into a bad alignment, usually as determined by misaligned teeth and adult teeth coming in badly positioned, we can immediately take Dentofacial corrective measures. A child's jawbone is still soft and can be manipulated to affect both the development of the jaw and the incoming growth of the teeth.   In our orthodontics office, one of they ways that we accomplish this is by using an expander to create enough room for all of the teeth or using rubber bands to manipulate the position of the jaw itself.

For adults, whose jaw has already developed and hardened it is a little bit more complicated to realign the jaw. Typically braces and addressing the bite itself can be used to straighten teeth. However, if we determine that your jaw bone itself is the cause of the misalignment and if you have other problems arising from the misaligned jaw, then we may recommend using Dentofacial corrective measures as well. Often, adult oral surgery is the only way to correct a jaw misalignment.  In this case, an oral surgeon will make the corrective adjustments to the jaw and then we will put on braces for you to complete the alignment and correction of the teeth. As with children, aligning the jaw before beginning the alignment of the teeth makes it much easier to give you that brilliant smile.

Age is not the only determining factor for correcting a jaw that may be misaligned. While the initial orthodontics treatments may be influenced by the patients age, ultimately once the jaw bone has been properly aligned you will start feeling more comfortable and the appearance of your teeth and smile may improve as well.

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Orthodontics: Four Things That Can Delay Your Treatment

OrthodonticsIf you are considering orthodontics and want to straighten your teeth as quickly as possible, give us a call. We are committed to helping you to have a beautiful smile and have several ways to do so. When you visit our office, we will conduct an examination and take x-rays, so we can determine the health and position of your teeth. Next, we can discuss the various treatment options available to you. Once you move forward, it is important to take steps to avoid things that could delay your treatment time. This way, you can have a straight and beautiful smile without delay.

Here are a few things that can delay your treatment time:

  1.     Not taking care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is important, no matter what. If you are straightening your teeth, it becomes even more so, because it is easier for you to get cavities or infections during this time. If you are wearing metal braces, this is especially true, as food and plaque can become trapped around your brackets and in between your wires. If you wear aligners and do not brush your teeth after eating, you could be trapping bacteria on your teeth, increasing your risk of getting cavities.
  2.     Playing sports without a mouthguard. If you play sports, your teeth are at risk. Sports injuries are a leading cause of tooth damage, so whether you are playing baseball, soccer, or football, we encourage you to wear a mouthguard. This removable device is comfortable and will create a barrier to protect your teeth.
  3.     Chewing on pencils or ice. If you have a habit of biting down on inedible objects, stop. While seemingly innocent, a piece of ice is hard enough to dislodge your brackets and break your wires. If you are wearing aligners, a pencil can crack them. Be sure to avoid eating or biting down on anything that is on the “do not eat” list we provide you with, as well.
  4.     Skipping your appointments. As a provider of orthodontics, we know your regular appointments are key to ensuring your teeth continue to move into position like they are supposed to. If you skip out on regular exams, we will be unable to see if your teeth are moving correctly or if adjustments need to be made to ensure they are. Regular appointments allow us to make changes based on how your teeth are responding to care, so the end results are as planned. We encourage you to let us know if you cannot make it in, so we can reschedule you instead of having you miss a necessary appointment.

As a provider of orthodontics, we are committed to working with you and transforming your smile into something beautiful. Regardless of the type of orthodontics you select, we can provide you with information and suggestions for things you can do to keep your treatment plan on track and running smoothly.

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