Orthodontics is essentially the art of straightening a smile. It typically involves the use of braces to slowly conform the alignment, spacing, and direction of teeth to a model that best fits ones lips and gums, resulting in straight rows of teeth that sit comfortably and naturally in their proper position. Orthodontics may also involve realigning the jaw using special devices, e.g. a Herbst appliance, to help the jaw develop in the correct direction. These devices are generally used for kids or teenagers rather than young adults – however, orthodontics is not only for the young. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists says that 1 out of every 5 orthodontic patients are over 21. As we age, many adults want to feel better than ever about their smile, appearance and overall oral health.
Early prevention is helpful, of course, therefore many orthodontic patients are children or teens. By addressing problems early, orthodontists are often able to eliminate the need for more invasive procedures later in life, such as dental surgery or extractions. At Chisholm Trail Dental & Orthodontics, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options to help children, teens, and adults get the smiles they deserve.
Braces At Chisholm Trail Dental & Orthodontics Include:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces