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Who Can Benefit From Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that is concerned with diagnosing, treating and preventing malocclusions (bad bites) and other irregularities in the jaw region and face.  Orthodontists are specially trained to correct these problems and to restore health, functionality and a beautiful aesthetic appearance to the smile.  Though orthodontics was originally aimed at treating children and teenagers, over 20% of orthodontic patients are now adults.  A person of any age can be successfully treated by an orthodontist.

A malocclusion (improper bite) can affect anyone at any age, and can impact the individual’s clarity of speech, chewing ability and facial symmetry.  In addition, a severe malocclusion can sometimes contribute to several serious dental and physical conditions such as digestive difficulties, TMJ, periodontal disease and severe tooth decay.  It is important to seek orthodontic treatment early to avoid expensive restorative procedures in the future.

What problems can orthodontics treat?

Orthodontics can treat a wide range of dental problems and in most cases, completely realign the teeth.  Orthodontists may work alone, or in combination with a maxillofacial surgeon.

The typical irregularities requiring orthodontic treatment are as follows:

  • Overcrowding – An overcrowded mouth means there is insufficient space within the jaw for all of the adult teeth to fit naturally.  Overcrowding may lead to displaced, rotated or completely misaligned teeth.
  • Overjet – An overjet refers to the protrusion of the maxilla (upper jaw) relative to the mandible (lower jaw).  An overjet gives the smile a “toothy” appearance and the chin looks like it has receded.
  • Underbite – An underbite, also known as a negative underjet, refers to the protrusion of the mandible (lower jaw) in relation to the maxilla (upper jaw).  An underbite makes the chin look overly prominent. Developmental delays and genetic factors generally cause underbites and overjets.

How can orthodontics help?

Orthodontic dentistry offers techniques which will realign the teeth and revitalize the smile.  There are several treatments the orthodontist may use, depending on the results of panoramic x-rays, study models (bite impressions) and a thorough visual examination.

Fixed dental braces can be used to expediently correct even the most severe case of misalignment.  These braces consist of metal or ceramic brackets which are affixed to each tooth and an archwire which is used to gradually move the teeth through the duration of the treatment.

Removable appliances include headgear (which consists of a metal wire device attached to customized braces), retainers, Invisalign® aligners (which are almost invisible to the naked eye), palate expanders and tooth movers.  Reverse Facemasks are generally used to correct developmental delays in the upper jaw, and palate expanders are used to correct width discrepancies between the jaws.

Whatever the dental irregularity or the age of the individual, orthodontic appliances can properly realign the teeth and create a beautiful smile.

If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic treatments or how they can benefit you, please contact our office.

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Dear Dr Schach & Staff
Thank you for your caring and professional care for our daughter throughout the years! Her smile is beautiful

The C Family

Dr. Schach,
We would like to thank you for the excellent, as well as personal care you have given our daughter. You have gone over and above the job as her orthodontist. We truly are fortunate to have had such a wonderful orthodontist. Thank you.

The O Family

Dear Dr. Schach,
Thank you for giving me a beautiful smile on my wedding day! More importantly thank you so much for making arrangements to take my attachments off after the hurricane. I realize you didn't have to do that but you have no idea how much I appreciated it. Because of you, I was able to smile for literally thousands of pictures with confidence. You are the best!

L.N.

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