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Othodontics Morgan Hill
What Is Orthodontics?
Perfectly aligned straight teeth can make a huge difference in one's appearance as well as self-confidence in addition to having a positive impact on social and professional opportunities. The good news is that one is never too old to take advantage of the Orthodontic treatment, the original smile makeover tool. However, the orthodontic treatment is not only about aesthetics as it can also help you to bite, chew and even speak more effectively. Easier to clean, the perfectly aligned teeth keep your mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease too. Orthodontics has an amazing ability to harness the body's natural ability to remodel its tissue through an application of light, and constant force. Orthodontic appliances can gently reshape bone and move teeth into better positions.
What are the signs that your Child Needs To See An Orthodontist?
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Breathing through
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

Can only children benefit from Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is useful for both Children and Adults alike.

Orthodontics for Children

Childhood is an ideal time to take advantage of a youngster’s natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment through orthodontic treatment. The teeth and jaws are changing rapidly at this time so it’s possible to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth by using a “palatal expander” to rapidly widen the upper jaw.

The overall treatment time can be shortened through this phase of growth modification, ensuring the best result if the need for additional orthodontic appliances arises. The growth of your child’s jaw can be corrected to help the permanent teeth come in straight, regulating the width of the upper and lower arches.

More space can be created for crowded teeth, which in turn helps to avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life.

However, it’s not always easy for the parents to know if their child may need orthodontic treatment and though there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, a visit to the orthodontist around the age of seven is recommended.

Orthodontics for Adults

We need to remember that healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so it is never too late for orthodontic treatment.

The number of adult orthodontic patients has exponentially increased in recent times. With several new technological innovations, including tooth-coloured ceramic braces, clear aligners and invisible lingual braces, orthodontic treatment has become far less conspicuous, enhancing the treatment experience for grown-ups. At Morgan Hill Dentistry, our team of expert orthodontic doctors carefully examine the adults for any signs of periodontal disease, which needs to be brought under control before beginning the treatment.

What are the types of Orthodontic Appliances?

Some examples of Orthodontic appliances are:
Traditional metal braces: The term orthodontics immediately conjures up an image of small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, with a thin wire running through them. Though this time-tested method is still very popular, it’s no longer the only option.

Clear or tooth-coloured braces: Brackets made of ceramic or plastic are used in Clear braces, which are hardly visible except for the slim archwire. Lingual braces are bonded to the back of your teeth so that no one can see them.

Clear aligners: An alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances, Clear aligners consist of a series of clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth exactly, with each one moving your teeth a little bit until they are in the proper position.

There are advantages or disadvantages of each type of appliance depending on particular situations. At Morgan Hill Dentistry, the best treatment options for you will be discussed after the complete examination of the teeth.

If you feel you or your child can benefit from Orthodontic Treatment, schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation at Morgan Hill Dentistry.

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