OC Dental is proud to offer full orthodontic services. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities—otherwise known as malocclusions (see below for details).
There have been many changes in the dental industry in recent years, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient's smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontics not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.
Whether it's traditional braces or custom made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you achieve the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you've been dreaming of.
Contact us today to learn more about how OC Dental can help address your orthodontic needs.
*Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don't fit together correctly. Malocclusions not only affect the teeth, but also the appearance of the face. Most malocclusions are inherited; however some are due to acquired habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. The spacing left from an adult tooth being extracted or an early loss of a baby tooth can also contribute to a malocclusion.
- too much space between teeth
- extra or missing teeth
- a wide variety of jaw, teeth, and face irregularities
Fortunately, Orthodontic treatment (aka, Braces) can resolve many of these problems. Ideally, it is great to get your teeth examined for possible orthodontic problems at an earlier age since future problems can be prevented more easily. However, Braces are common with adults, so don't ever think that it is too late.
Orthodontics for Growing Children
By age 7, enough permanent teeth have come in and enough jaw growth has occurred that the dentist or orthodontist can identify current problems, anticipate future problems and alleviate parents' concerns if all seems normal. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by age 7, and crossbites, crowding and developing injury-prone dental protrusions can be evaluated. Any ongoing finger sucking or other oral habits can be assessed at this time also.
Some signs or habits that may indicate the need for an early orthodontic examination are:
- early or late loss of baby teeth,
- difficulty in chewing or biting,
- mouth breathing,
- thumb sucking,
- finger sucking,
- crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth,
- jaws that shift or make sounds,
- biting the cheek or roof of the mouth,
- teeth that meet abnormally or not at all, and
- jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face.
A check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7 enables the orthodontist to detect and evaluate problems (if any), advise if treatment will be necessary, and determine the best time for that patient to be treated.
Orthodontics for Adults
Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily and as well for adults as children. Orthodontic forces move the teeth in the same way for both a 75-year-old adult and a 12-year-old child. Complicating factors, such as lack of jaw growth, may create special treatment planning needs for the adult.
One in five orthodontic patients is an adult. The AAO estimates that nearly 1,000,000 adults in the United States and Canada are receiving treatment from an orthodontist. To learn about correction of a specific problem, please contact us.
Another option for adults, particularly if they are weary about wearing braces as adults, is the clear alternative, Invisalign.