Orthodontic and Dental Care Under One Roof
Whether you have a few crooked or crowded teeth or your complete smile needs realignment, our dental team offers Invisalignâ clear aligners and collaborate with an orthodontist that provides orthodontics in Huntersville, NC right here at our practice. In addition to dental training, orthodontists receive education that enables the diagnosis and treatment of misalignment (malocclusion) of the teeth and jaws. Available orthodontic care includes traditional braces, palatal expanders, orthodontic mouth guards and retainers, and Surgically Facilitated Orthodontics Therapy (SFOT).
Like other aspects of dentistry, advances in orthodontic technology have made it more comfortable than ever before to get the smile of your dreams. No matter what age you are, orthodontics can provide a dramatic boost in your self-esteem and lasting improvements to your oral and overall health. The journey to perfect alignment starts with an oral exam and digital scans and impressions of your smile to craft a custom treatment plan. If you need braces, treatment generally takes anywhere from a few months to more than a year. You’ll return to our practice for adjustments so the orthodontist can assess and discuss progress with you.
Personalized Orthodontic Treatment
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets that are placed on your teeth with adhesive and connected by wire. They require periodic tightening every 4-6 weeks for steady pressure to gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw. This long-proven method offers an economical and durable straightening option for complex cases clear aligners can’t resolve.
Removable or Fixed Retainers
Removable retainers are clear, thin, slightly flexible, plastic-like material that fit the exact shape and placement of your teeth. Fixed or permanent retainers are made of a metal wire glued behind your teeth. Both types of retainers hold teeth in their new positions after “active” orthodontic treatment is complete. Wearing retainers as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of orthodontic treatment.
Before a child’s adult teeth grow in, an orthodontist can check to see how much room is available in their mouth. If the jaw seems too narrow, palatal or palate expanders may be necessary to prevent dental crowding as their permanent teeth grow in. The appliances gradually expand the roof of the mouth (palate) to enable correct alignment of the upper teeth and jaw. Common reasons for this treatment include impacted teeth, crossbites, and crowded teeth. This treatment must be completed before your child’s jaw fully develops and is most effective in younger children.
A mouth guard is a device used in orthodontics to prevent injury to your teeth, cheeks, lips, and gums. While this soft appliance is ideal for sports, it can also be used for sleep apnea or tooth grinding (bruxism). An impression is made of your teeth and the mouth guard is custom molded from this impression.
Surgically Facilitated Orthodontics Therapy (SFOT)
This procedure is performed under IV sedation to enhance bone quality and quantity around your teeth as they move orthodontically with clear aligners or metal braces. Sometimes SFOT is used in conjunction with other periodontal surgery treatments, such as soft tissue grafting, to build up supporting structures of the teeth. This can reduce the need to extract teeth and orthodontic treatment time and lower the incidence of relapses.
Healthy Alignment for Healthy Life
Some degree of malocclusion affects an estimated 65% of American adults. Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious in social situations, however, an unsightly appearance is only one of the consequences. When your teeth are misaligned, this impacts your smile aesthetics and prevents full and proper functioning. When top and bottom teeth aren’t aligned, bite issues can compromise eating and even make it difficult for you to speak clearly. Malocclusion also increases your risk of developing bacterial plaque, which can lead to gum disease. Crowded teeth can cause dental decay and if left untreated, the bacteria can spread through your blood stream and cause a systemic infection. Don’t let the hassle or cost of orthodontics stop you from receiving the benefits of orthodontics. If our team at Reimels, Miller, Paterra Family & Cosmetic Dentistry recommends orthodontic treatment, we’ll arrange an on-site appointment with our consulting orthodontist in Huntersville, NC to review all your options.
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