At Full Smile Orthodontics in Carlsbad, California, we aim to provide our patients with the best dental services as well as the best information and resources that can ensure their dental health.
For this reason, we’ve put together the answers to some of the most frequent questions about orthodontics:
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in diagnosing, treating, and preventing teeth and jaw abnormalities. From misaligned teeth to deformed jawbones, orthodontists can treat and improve your bite and smile.
When Should I Schedule the First Visit to See an Orthodontist?
Early detection and treatment of orthodontic problems can help prevent severe dental issues in the future.
Specialists recommend you bring your children in to see an orthodontist by the age of seven or even earlier if your child exhibits any bite issues so that treatment can be started right away.
What Are the Early Symptoms of Orthodontic Problems?
Some of the most common symptoms of orthodontic problems in children are:
- Chewing or biting issues
- Early or late loss of primary teeth
- Locking sound while closing or opening the jaw
- Difficulty speaking
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Thumb sucking
What Causes Orthodontic Problems?
Malocclusions like crooked, overcrowded, overlapped teeth, or wide gaps are generally caused by genetics. Orthodontic issues can also occur as a result of behavioral problems and oral diseases, or severe trauma to the jaw or teeth.
Why Is Orthodontic Treatment So Important?
Orthodontic problems can lead to severe health issues if left untreated for long. Apart from the aesthetic benefits, timely orthodontic treatment is necessary to avoid:
- Severe jaw pain and strain
- Worn down enamel
- Gum diseases
- Bone and tooth loss
- Difficulty chewing or biting
What Are Braces?
Braces are orthodontic appliances that shift teeth into their correct positions. Traditional braces are made of metal, but nowadays there are several advanced types of braces available for treatment, such as:
- Ceramic braces
- Clear braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual braces
Is Orthodontic Treatment Effective at Any Age?
Although specialists recommend early consultations, orthodontic treatment can prove beneficial at any age.
Many adults suffer from orthodontic problems such as misaligned teeth, overcrowding, and shifting teeth. While adult teeth and jaw structure are less malleable, adults can still benefit from orthodontic treatments.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last?
The duration of orthodontic treatments usually varies according to the severity of the problem. Cosmetic and minor issues can be corrected within a few months. Severe orthodontic problems may take a few years.
For more information on orthodontic treatments, contact Dr. Adams at Full Smile Orthodontics. Call us at (760) 804-0080 or visit us at 6965 El Camino Real #201, Carlsbad, CA 92009.