Braces And The Need To See The Dentist
At Egger Orthodontics, our orthodontists specialize in helping you with any tooth alignment and jaw problems that you may have. When it comes to your long-term dental health, treating issues like these is increasingly important. As you get older, your teeth become less flexible and more worn than they used to be which can increase cost and treatment time. We are fully prepared to fit you with orthodontic appliances like braces that can help deal with such concerns swiftly.
Why Do I Need Braces?
We recommend orthodontic treatment when it comes to a variety of different scenarios. Crooked or protruding teeth can give you a malocclusion (bad bite). This can be caused if your jaws do not meet properly or your teeth are out of alignment. This bothers many of our patients aesthetically, but it also can have lasting negative effects on your oral hygiene. Over time, it can cause unusual wear to the enamel of your teeth as well as lead to periodontal disease, tooth decay, and many other issues.
When Would We Recommend Braces?
There are many habits that can lead to tooth irregularity and jaw issues. We have seen that patients who suck their thumb can have their adult teeth grow in unusually. Tongue thrusting can also create gaps. It is particularly common to see this affect the two front teeth. If you have suffered an injury to the jaw, any negative effect on the alignment of your teeth would have us recommend braces to help bring them back into position. Finally, if you have aesthetic concerns about how your teeth look, that is something that our orthodontists and braces can help you with.
The Advantages Of Braces
Because of advances in orthodontic technology, the treatment that we offer is much more comfortable and requires less time than it used to. It is now easier to keep your braces out of view, transparent, or colored to match your teeth. We can now place some brackets on the back of your teeth instead of the front, which makes it harder to see them. New types of materials require fewer adjustments and are easier on your mouth.
What Does A Braces Treatment Plan Look Like?
We approach you and the installation of braces in three distinct stages. First off, we use appliances such as palatal expanders to get some room in your mouth to operate with. The braces are then placed on your teeth, beginning the corrective stage. Over time, the braces adjust and straighten your teeth as you wear them. The last stage is retention, where your braces are removed and we monitor your teeth to make sure your newly straightened smile stays that way.
Braces can be an incredible way to straighten your teeth and keep up your dental health. Even if you find braces distasteful, it is worth talking to us to learn about the different kinds of braces that we can adapt to fit your needs. If you would like to learn more and think braces might be right for you, call us today at 425.270.1616.
All of the staff members are consistently friendly and warm! They are wonderful with children (even the little sister that wanted to closely watch)! Dr. Egger and her staff are very gentle, knowledgeable and professional and spend quality time educating patients and family. We feel like we are getting excellent care!
- Kristina M.