Benefits of treatment

Orthodontic treatment today is easy, convenient and affordable and can benefit patients of all ages. Some of the most important clearly proved benefits of orthodontic treatment are:

  • Improved esthetic – a more attractive smile
  • Correctly aligned teeth that provide ideal jaw function
  • Well aligned teeth that are easier to clean and more resistant to gum disease
  • Most importantly, orthodontics almost always provides improved self-confidence

 

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When do children benefit from early treatment?

American Association of Orthodontists recommends each child has an orthodontic consultation at age 7. Although usually orthodontic treatment is recommended once most of baby teeth have been lost, in few cases there are tremendous benefits for starting the treatment early. Some of these types of cases are:

  • Anterior crossbite
  • Posterior crossbite
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth

Who can benefit from orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not for everyone. Here are some of the problems that can be fixed by orthodontic treatment:

  • Generalized spacing- small spaces between several teeth
  • Diastema-space between the upper front teeth
  • Crowding-teeth too big for the jaw, therefore teeth grow “on top of each other”
  • Anterior crossbite-the anterior lower teeth are in front of the front top teeth when closing the mouth
  • Anterior open bite-space between front teeth when the back teeth are touching
  • Deep bite-the front top teeth cover most of the lower front teeth when mouth is closed
  • Posterior uni- or bilateral crossbite- the lower posterior teeth around the upper posterior teeth when mouth is closed
  • Lateral open bite-space between upper and lower back teeth when mouth is closed all the way
  • Rotations- when one tooth or several are rotated around their normal position in the dental arch
  • Impacted teeth- permanent teeth that have not erupted in the mouth past the normal age of eruption for those particular teeth
  • Extrusion of teeth-teeth that are over-erupted past the level of other teeth in the same dental arch, because the opposing teeth are missing