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A great orthodontist can make the difference between a good smile and a great one. But, well-aligned teeth are important for much more than that. The health and comfort of teeth depend on a well-balanced jaw and bite. No matter your age, orthodontic dentistry in North Richland Hills, Texas, can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful mouth.
Orthodontics is a specialist dental treatment that realigns a patient’s teeth to make them fit together correctly. While there can be many causes for this misalignment, the solution is the same: braces that gently pull teeth into the required position over a period of time.
Anyone with permanent teeth can benefit from orthodontics. As children grow, their dentists will monitor the development of their teeth, recommending orthodontics where appropriate. Sometimes, problems can be spotted before permanent teeth have fully grown, allowing corrective measures to begin early.
The American Association of Orthodontist recommends a child see an orthodontist once the permanent 1st molar arrives. This is typically at age 6-7 years old. This may be surprising that the first time to see an orthodontist is at age 7. Many spacing problems and growth imbalances can be detected early. Early treatment orthodontics can prevent much longer issues in the future. If early orthodontic treatment is not recommended by our orthodontist specialist then we will continue to monitor growth and development through to the teenage years. We will make sure your child has the best dental care. It is best to monitor a child’s dental development rather than follow the idea of waiting for all the baby teeth to fall out. Waiting without proper monitoring by your local orthodontist specialist can lead to big problems in the future.
That depends on several factors, including the patient’s age, type and severity of the problem, and type of braces used. Orthodontic treatment takes most patients between one and three years, with children’s teeth generally taking less time to correct than those of adults. We offer FREE orthodontic consultations. At your consultation we will walk through what treatment would look like for your particular case.
Many things can cause problems with teeth positioning and bite. These include:
The stages of orthodontic treatment are as follows:
Sometimes orthodontic treatment begins with the removal of one or more teeth. This is particularly true in cases of overcrowding. Should removal be necessary, an oral surgeon will painlessly remove the tooth or teeth in question.
Specially made and fitted for the patient’s needs, braces apply gentle pressure that gradually moves the teeth into the desired position.
Today’s orthodontic patients have a choice when it comes to braces:
Some patients’ bites are out of balance by the narrow dimension of their upper jaw. In this case, orthodontists can fit a palatal expander, which very gradually widens the upper jaw by putting pressure on the molars from inside the mouth to correct the bite.
After teeth have been repositioned by orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will prescribe a retainer to keep them in place. The retainer is molded to fit the teeth precisely and is worn at night.
The patient will visit the orthodontist for check-ups on a regular schedule to make sure the teeth are still healthy and positioned well and that the patient remains happy and comfortable with the results.