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Orthodontics is an important part of ensuring a healthy mouth by correcting a patient’s bite and/or crooked teeth. The practice of orthodontics helps people achieve a beautiful smile, but even more significantly, it helps correct common bite issues including:
Without treatment, these problems can eventually turn into serious bite, speech and chewing issues.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone additional years of training to be able to recognize and correct improper bites, or malocclusions, that are caused by problems with the jaw or teeth. Orthodontists must be able to identify problems, evaluate treatment options, and then discuss these options with the patient to ensure the best outcome.
Orthodontic treatment is performed using special appliances, including braces and expanders, that are placed in the mouth either permanently or semi-permanently until treatment is finished. These appliances gently push and reposition the teeth so that a patient’s bite is corrected and the teeth are straightened.
The braces that are used today are much different than those that were used years ago. They are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic, with technologically advanced materials that reduce discomfort and work faster, so that you can have the smile that you’ve always wanted in a shorter period of time. Some appliances are transparent or can be hidden on the back surface of the teeth, making them virtually invisible.
Everyone is different, and since orthodontic treatment is customized to each person, that means that treatment time will depend your jaw and teeth. Treatment can depend on age, on malocclusions, and on the state of the teeth. Children can undergo early treatment, done in several steps over several years, that works with their natural growth. Adult treatment is often different since adult jawbones are set and are no longer flexible.
Dr. Gutierrez evaluates each patient by taking X-rays and measurements, and then will design a treatment plan that will correct your teeth and jaw. The result is a beautiful smile, of course, but also a healthy mouth. Call Dr. Gutierrez’s office today to schedule a consultation.