Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of tooth mis-alignment, jaw, face and bite irregularities Orthodontic treatment is provided by a dentist or an orthodontist.
Orthodontic treatment and care has dramatically changed in the past few years. New treatment methods make the process much easier and often quicker than in the past. Preventative dentistry has dramatically reduced the number of incidences of cavities and other oral ailments and so people are looking more at improving the cosmetic appearance of their mouth. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.
Orthodontic treatments traditionally were geared toward the treatment of teens and pre-teens, but today nearly 30 percent of orthodontic patients are adults-even those in their 60’s and 70’s.
A few of the advantages to well-aligned teeth, including easier cleaning, less incidence of periodontal disease, better oral hygiene, clearer speech and a more pleasant smile. Though orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age, the American Dental Association suggests that an orthodontic assessment should be performed around the age of seven. The earlier orthodontic treatment begins, the more quickly the problem can be successfully resolved.
Orthodontic treatment is sometimes used alone or in combination with maxillofacial surgery and/or cosmetic dentistry.
Some of the common conditions treated with orthodontics are:
Orthodontics is a technologically advanced field that offers many sophisticated solutions to malocclusions and other cosmetic problems. Dr. Engelmann will perform a visual examination, x-rays and study models to assess the exact nature your concerns and treatment goals and to determine the best treatment options for you.
When a diagnosis has been made, there are a variety of orthodontic treatment options available.
Here is an overview of some of the most common treatments: