Posts for: January, 2014
By Bolingbrook Dental Care
January 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontic Treatment
Residents of Bolingbrook: Orthodontics Help Improve the Appearance of Your Smile
Whether you are a teenager or an adult, you may desire straighter teeth. Orthodontic treatments in Bolingbrook are available to bring your teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment, achieving facial balance. People typically associate orthodontics with braces to correct crooked teeth in children.
However, orthodontics can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions in people of all ages – from overbites to underbites and not just crooked teeth. Whether acquired or inherited, our Bolingbrook dentist can help properly align your teeth and jaws.
Acquired and Inherited Malocclusions
Acquired malocclusions can be caused by trauma to the mouth, sucking of the thumb, finger or pacifiers, tonsils and adenoids that obstruct the airway, mouth breathing or premature loss of primary or permanent teeth. These instances of malocclusions can be prevented, but if they do occur your dentist can create an appropriate treatment plan for realigning the teeth, lips and jaws.
While acquired malocclusions are created by outside sources such as trauma inherited malocclusions determine how well your teeth fit together and are determined by attributes such as tooth and jaw size. Some people may inherit large teeth and small dental arches or small teeth with large dental arches. For our patients in Bolingbrook, orthodontics can be used to alter this inheritance, giving you an attractive smile.
Bite problems not only affect the alignment of the teeth, but also facial development and appearance as well. Most cases are mild, or cosmetic in nature, but in some people the condition can be so severe that they can’t eat or speak properly. The following symptoms may signal a poor bite:
- Difficulty chewing
- Facial muscle or jaw pain
- Permanent teeth coming in out of their normal position
- Problems with biting the cheek
- Speech difficulties
Dental braces are a type of orthodontic treatment at Bolingbrook Dental Care used to correct teeth that are crowded, crooked, protruding, out of alignment or have irregular spacing. By moving your teeth into their ideal position, dental braces help to create a more attractive and healthier smile for children and adults. When teeth are crooked or crowded, it is often difficult to keep them clean. If brushing and flossing cannot be properly completed, tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss can occur.
An improper bite can also significantly interfere with your ability to chew and speak properly, as well as cause abnormal wear to the enamel of your teeth. If your teeth protrude and/or your upper and lower teeth do not come together properly, jaw problems may arise as well. By using braces to keep your teeth in proper alignment and allowing better oral hygiene, dental braces do more than just keep your smile looking good, they help keep your mouth healthy and functioning.
Contact one of our dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care today for more information on orthodontic treatment and how we can help re-align your teeth to help you achieve your desired smile.