Orthodontics is the study and treatment of complications regarding your teeth’s alignment or occlusion. If your teeth are not straight, this can alter the appearance of your teeth, along with affecting their proper function. Severe cases of crooked teeth, clinically known as malocclusion, generally may require orthodontic braces, which consists of brackets and wires that gradually move your teeth back to their original position. Other options used to repair crooked teeth include teeth-colored brackets and Invisalign®, allowing for a concealed repair of your teeth, and enabling you to enjoy a properly aligned smile.
How Crooked Teeth Affect Dental Health
While you may assume that straightening your teeth only provides you with cosmetic benefits, the issues that may arise from crooked teeth exceed beyond aesthetics. For instance, if your teeth overlap, or if some lie out further than others, then brushing and flossing your teeth will become a more difficult task as your teeth may not receive a proper cleaning. This can lead to the development of plaque and tartar clinging to tooth enamel, and may progress to further dental complications if not treated.
The Process of Orthodontics
To straighten your smile, an orthodontist will apply gentle amounts of pressure to shift teeth back to their proper alignment. This can be accomplished through cosmetic orthodontic procedures, such as Invisalign® or metal braces to ensure your teeth obtain proper alignment, along with maintaining a healthy appearance. Throughout the repair process, it is important that you maintain adequate dental care at home through regular teeth brushing and flossing. This will remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to further dental complications that surpass a cosmetic treatment, requiring further dental assistance. A consultation with your dentist will help determine if you require an orthodontic treatment.
ABOUT YOUR FORT WORTH ORTHODONTIST:
Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist, whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your orthodontic options contact your Ft. Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.