When Do You Need Orthodontic Treatment? - Smiles of La Mesa

When Do You Need Orthodontic Treatment?

Usually, malocclusion is corrected during teenage years; however, there are also adults that undergo orthodontic treatments. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for an orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatments include the use of the following fixed appliance, removable appliance and functional appliance.

Fixed appliance

Includes the use of dental braces which are fixed around the teeth to apply pressure and move teeth to achieve proper alignment. Dental braces are usually made of wires, bands and brackets.

Removable appliance

Also corrects misalignment by applying pressure to the teeth to allow its movement for proper alignment; however, they are usually taken out or removed for eating, brushing the teeth and cleaning the appliance. Examples of this appliance are retainers, headgears and invisible braces called Invisalign. Invisalign are clear custom-fitted dental trays worn to align teeth. They are more comfortable because they do not irritate the gums like metals do. They are much preferred because they are aesthetically pleasing; however, they are a bit expensive than other orthodontic treatments.

Functional appliance

Uses the muscle action created from the movement of jaws (as in speaking and chewing), to create the pressure needed in the alignment of teeth and jaws.

Your orthodontic treatment will depend on your dentist’s assessment, the type and severity of your malocclusion, the condition of your dental health and the cost you are willing to pay.

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