What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodonture is a specialty within dentistry that is concerned with the proper alignment of teeth, and orthodontics with the positioning of teeth and the way they fit together. When teeth are poorly positioned, or if they don’t fit together correctly, it can make them difficult to keep clean and will sometimes even lead to pain or discomfort in the mouth or jaw. If you or a family member have teeth that are misaligned, we can help!
Do I Need Orthodontics?
If you have any of the following conditions, there is a good chance that orthodonture can help you:
What are my Orthodontic Options?
Depending on your situation, we may recommend a specific orthodontic solution, or you may have multiple options. Some popular options include braces and aligners, and we may suggest these options depending on your unique needs.
What are Braces?The most common way to fix orthodontic issues is with braces. Everyone is familiar with the concept of braces, but unless you’ve had them, you may not understand all the components that make them up, or how they work. Braces depend on metal or ceramic brackets that are affixed to the surface of each tooth. A metal band fits into a groove in each of the brackets, and a series of tiny rubber bands hold the metal band in place. Teeth are moved by exerting force on them via the metal band. Braces slowly move your teeth into the correct position.
What are Aligners?Aligners are a great solution for those who don’t want to deal with the eyesore of braces. Aligners are clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth and gradually move them into the correct positions the same way braces do. As your teeth move, you will graduate to new sets of aligners. They are virtually invisible on your teeth and can be removed to eat and clean your teeth.
Schedule Your Orthodontic Appointment
If you think you might need orthodontics, the only way to find out is to give us a call at General: 925-803-5888 / Ortho: 925-803-9800 / Pediatrics: 925-803-6880 to schedule an appointment. We will examine your teeth to find out if orthodontics can help you. If we determine that you do need some professional orthodonture, we will set you up with a treatment plan and let you know what it will take to bring your mouth back to full health.