When a diagnosis has been made, and your dentist has discussed if you are a candidate, there are a variety of orthodontic treatment options available. Dr. Younes is a General Dentist with extended experience in Orthodontic treatment, however, he is not an Orthodontic Specialist.
Anteroposterior deviations– The discrepancy between a pair of closed jaws is known as an anteroposterior discrepancy or deviation. An example of such a discrepancy would be an overbite (where the upper teeth are further forward than the lower teeth), or an underbite (where the lower teeth are further forward then the upper teeth).
Overcrowding– Overcrowding is a common orthodontic problem. It occurs when there is an insufficient space for the normal growth and development of adult teeth.
Aesthetic issues– A beautiful straight smile may be marred by a single misaligned tooth or several teeth. Talk to your dentist about what your expectations and desires may be if this treatment is right for you.
Poorly aligned teeth often cause problems speaking, biting and chewing. Most irregularities are genetic, or occur as a result of developmental issues. Conversely, some irregularities are acquired or greatly exacerbated by certain habits and behaviors such as:
Thumb or finger sucking
Prolonged pacifier use
Poor oral hygiene
Absolutely! Crooked or misaligned teeth look unsightly, which can cause a low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties biting, chewing, and articulating clearly. Generally speaking, orthodontists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth.
Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
Reduction in general tooth decay
Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
Reduction in digestive disorders