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Orthodontics: Overview And The Problems It Treats | Hawaii Family Dental

Braces and Invisalign can help you if you have teeth that are crooked, find it difficult to floss around crowded teeth, have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, or even frequently bite your tongue. The American Academy of Orthodontists recommend all children see an Orthodontist by 7 years old, since earlier treatments can improve the outcomes. Even children without visibly crooked teeth can benefit from a free orthodontic consultation.

Fixing Misaligned Teeth

The two most common methods to fix crooked teeth are metal braces and Invisalign. Metal braces, also called traditional braces, consist of brackets, bands, and wires. They apply gentle pressure on your teeth that, over time, causes them to shift in the desired position. There are three types of traditional braces:

  • Metal braces. These are the most common type of braces. Kids can choose fun, bright colored bands.
  • Clear or tooth-colored braces. Ceramic braces are the same size as metal braces, but use tooth colored brackets and braces that make them less noticeable.
  • Lingual braces. Unlike regular braces, lingual braces are attached to the interior of the teeth, also making them less noticeable.

Invisalign uses a series of clear trays (also called aligners) to move teeth into the proper place. Slide the custom trays over your teeth and your teeth will slowly shift into position. You'll receive new trays every two weeks.

What Causes Misaligned Teeth

Misaligned teeth, or Malocclusion, is a common problem. It's often inherited but can be caused by a number of things, including thumb sucking, prolonged use of a pacifier, cleft lip and palate, or impacted teeth. Poorly aligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean and could lead to an increase risk of tooth decay and gingivitis.

Why Is The Proper Alignment Of My Teeth Important?

Misaligned bits can cause headaches

Causing strain on the jaw joints, neck, and head area caused by a misaligned bite can certainly cause frequent headaches. An aligned jaw releases this strain and pressure, thus relieving headaches.

Uneven wear of teeth

Teeth that are not properly lined up are likely to slip and slide against one another when eating and speaking. The friction caused by this at unnatural angles can lead to uneven wear of the teeth over the course of time. With severely worn teeth comes difficulty in proper eating and results in a visually affected smile.

Improper bits can lead to broken or cracked teeth

Speaking and eating with an improper bite and having the teeth scrape against one another in a way that is not normal can increase the risk of broken or cracked teeth. Dealing with these instances are not only painful, but they're also going to cost money to get professionally fixed, requiring an emergency dental appointment.

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