Orthodontics, a specialty within dentistry, is primarily concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions or improper bites. These may be a result of irregularities in tooth positioning, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. This treatment can greatly improve the function of your teeth and the aesthetics of your smile. At The Dentist Place of Clearwater, we take pride in offering comprehensive orthodontic services to ensure your oral health and confidence.
Orthodontics involves the use of braces, aligners, and other dental appliances to correct the alignment of teeth and jaws. The goal of treatment is not only to create an attractive smile but also to build a healthy mouth. Correcting the alignment of your teeth can lead to better oral health, as straight teeth are easier to clean, more effective at biting and chewing, and less likely to get damaged.
Specialty Issues We Treat
As part of our orthodontics services, we diagnose and treat a variety of dental issues, including but not limited to:
Also referred to as “buck teeth,” this occurs when the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth. An overbite can cause improper functioning of your front teeth and may lead to the wear of your lower teeth.
This happens when the lower teeth sit in front of the upper teeth when the mouth is closed. Underbites can prevent the normal functioning of your front teeth or molars and can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause an imbalanced facial appearance.
Crossbites occur when one or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. This can result in uneven tooth wear and can cause misaligned jaw growth.
Open bites are spaces between the biting surfaces of the front or side teeth when the back teeth are together. This can impair your ability to bite properly and may affect speech.
Spacing issues include gaps or spaces between the teeth due to missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth. This can lead to gum problems due to lack of protection by the teeth and can make your teeth prone to shifting.
Crowding is a condition where more teeth than the dental ridge can accommodate. This is the most common reason for braces. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and in some cases, extraction might be necessary.
These are teeth that haven’t emerged from the gums as they should. They can cause discomfort and affect the alignment of surrounding teeth.
Jaw Growth Problems
Sometimes, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. This can cause a variety of issues, including facial asymmetry, breathing difficulties, problems with chewing, and speech difficulties.
At The Dentist Place of Clearwater, our experienced orthodontic team can diagnose and provide suitable treatment options for these common issues. We take pride in creating personalized treatment plans to deliver the most effective results.
Orthodontics Treatment Options
At The Dentist Place of Clearwater, we provide a variety of orthodontics treatment options:
Traditional Metal Braces
This is the most common type of braces, made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than ever.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns.
Invisible aligners are a series of clear, removable trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, but they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. They are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you.
These require fewer adjustments than traditional braces, reducing the number of visits and overall treatment time. They cause less discomfort and are more efficient and effective at moving teeth.
These devices fit your palate (or roof of the mouth) and apply pressure to the back of your upper molars to gradually move your teeth farther apart. This expands your palate and makes room for crowded teeth, correcting your bite.
These are used when a child loses a baby tooth prematurely. The space maintainer keeps the space open until the permanent tooth erupts.
After your braces are removed, you’ll likely wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original positions.
Each of these treatment options serves a unique purpose, and the most suitable for you will depend on the nature of your issue, your lifestyle, and your personal preferences. At The Dentist Place of Clearwater, we prioritize your comfort and satisfaction, ensuring that the treatment you receive aligns perfectly with your needs.
Why Choose Orthodontic Treatments
We believe in providing personalized, patient-focused orthodontic treatment. Our dedicated team takes the time to understand your needs and desires, and we work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan.
Remember, a straight smile is a healthy smile. Don’t wait to give your teeth the care they need. Contact The Dentist Place of Clearwater today to learn more about our orthodontics services and to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always