Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of the teeth and correcting any crookedness or other misalignment. It is a dental specialization that requires two additional years of education on top of the Doctor of Dentistry course.
What Problems Do Misaligned Teeth Cause?
Misaligned teeth cause several problems, some of which worsen when the alignment isn’t corrected:
Imperfect smile - this causes embarrassment and lowered self-esteem.
Difficulty in cleaning - misaligned teeth create spaces between teeth that are hard to reach with a toothbrush, enabling food particles and bacteria to accumulate and cause tooth decay and cavities.
High risk of gum disease - Because some parts are harder to clean, the accumulating bacteria could cause gum disease, which could worsen and lead to tooth loss and other complications
Difficulty in chewing - Because the teeth are not properly aligned, chewing becomes more difficult, which could lead to digestion issues and poorer nutrient absorption.
Orthodontic Treatment Process
Come visit us at the office of Dr. Todd Curley, DDS, if you think you or your children need orthodontic treatment. When you do, Dr. Todd will first examine your teeth to determine the extent of the misalignment and the appropriate orthodontic measures that need to be taken. If, for example, the misalignment is mild, Dr. Todd may prescribe the use of retainer, removable orthodontic appliances composed of an acrylic base and rigid wires that exert pressure on the teeth. Retainers have to be worn regularly and removed when being cleaned and when going to sleep.
However, if the misalignment is significantly severe, braces would need to be attached. Braces consist of brackets attached to each individual tooth and an arch wire that goes through them, exerting force to move the misaligned teeth to their proper positions. Braces could be made of metal or ceramic, depending on your needs, preferences, and lifestyle.
When Would a Child Be Ready for Braces?
The best time to place braces on your child is between ages 8 and 14, when the facial bones are still growing. Placing braces within this age window takes advantage of growth modification, moving the teeth just as the oral structures grow and solidify into maturity.
Your orthodontist is your partner in dental health. Dr. Todd Curley, DDS, will take the time to address your concerns, explain your options, and review your treatment process.
Contact Dr. Todd Curley, DDS, at (951) 698-6220 for inquiries or to book an appointment. Visit us at 39755 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd., Ste. D110, Murrieta, CA 92563 for the best dental care and treatments.