Why Orthodontics?

why-orthodontics-plano-texasOrthodontic treatment is a life-changing investment in your appearance and your oral health. While many people associate wearing braces with achieving a straight smile, there are numerous benefits to having adequately spaced teeth. A straight smile can increase your oral health and protect your teeth from untimely wear due to a misaligned occlusion.

The Power of a Straight Smile

A smile conveys welcoming and friendly social cues to all those around us. The act of smiling shows acceptance of people and situations. From your coworkers to romantic relationships, smiling is an essential part of non-verbal communication. When our smiles are noticeably flawed, we tend to isolate ourselves out of embarrassment and low self-esteem. People with crooked or improperly spaced teeth commonly avoid smiling and even cover their mouths when they speak. Years of feeling self-conscious about one’s teeth can take a toll on social life and emotional well-being.

Fortunately, orthodontic treatment - whether it is for adolescents undergoing tooth transition or for adults - can drastically improve appearance and confidence.

Oral Health Benefits & Orthodontics

Beyond the obvious benefit of having straight teeth, receiving orthodontic treatment can positively influence one’s oral health and oral function. Orthodontic treatment can prevent the development of issues caused by malocclusions (misaligned bites) and worn dentition - especially among children and teens.

Having healthy tooth alignment makes for more efficient and effective oral hygiene. Properly spaced teeth are easier to floss and brush. Practicing good oral hygiene is one of the most proactive things a person can do to prevent the development of common conditions like dental caries and periodontal disease.

Aligning teeth to healthy position also benefits oral function. Misaligned teeth and occlusal issues can disrupt oral function, strain the TMJ, and contribute to accelerated tooth wear. Issues like worn dentition and TMJ disorder can cause debilitating symptoms like orofacial pain and tooth decay. Moreover, these issues can be expensive to treat because protocols for treatment are recurring and sometimes invasive.

Our orthodontist, Dr. McBride, is experienced at providing comprehensive orthodontic care to patients of all ages. We take pride in treating members of our community with effective and advanced orthodontic treatment options. If you or your child would like to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our doctors, call our practice at your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Do I need braces if my bite is off?

The bite (or occlusion) refers to the way that teeth line up during oral function. When the bite is affected by misaligned or poorly positioned teeth, it can lead to a number of oral health problems – some of which are debilitating and painful. Receiving orthodontic treatment can improve the occlusion and in turn, prevent the development of conditions like worn dentition and TMJ disorder.

Aligning teeth will improve the way they make contact with one another during oral function. Not all occlusal problems are related to the alignment of teeth however; in some instances, realigning the jawbones through oral surgery is necessary. Sometimes, our orthodontists will work with specialists like oral and maxillofacial surgeons to alleviate occlusal problems with braces and other treatment protocols.

2How long is typical treatment with braces?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to orthodontia. Patients have varying needs and therefore will require various types of treatment. Some people can see full results within a year and a half while others might require longer treatment times. The type of orthodontic appliances used can also increase treatment time. For instance, those who need to wear palette expanders will likely have longer treatment because their teeth require more movement. Sometimes, certain teeth will be focused on during treatment and if their placement is particularly misaligned, treatment may be broken into phases.

If you are curious about the expected duration of treatment, we recommend consulting with one of our orthodontists. At your consultation, we will evaluate the placement of your teeth as well as your occlusal health to provide a more accurate estimate.

3Do braces hurt?
Wearing braces is not overly uncomfortable. The pressure needed to create tooth movement causes some discomfort associated with orthodontia. Sometimes patients might feel more sensitivity and pressure after their braces have been tightened but this heightened discomfort will subside with time.
4Can I have braces with missing teeth?
While having missing teeth isn’t ideal for one’s oral health, having braces is still a treatment option for improving the placement of teeth. Moreover, before one receives a prosthetic like a dental implant, braces are beneficial for some people to create room for the prosthetic and correct unhealthy tooth alignment. Sometimes having missing teeth is beneficial for treatment – especially when children’s’ adult teeth are coming in because it helps create room for emerging teeth. If missing teeth are a factor, especially in adulthood, our orthodontists can help determine the sequence of treatment after performing an examination during your consultation.
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