As many as seven out of ten people could benefit from orthodontic treatment, according to some estimates. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects malpositioned jaws and teeth. When the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned, it puts extra strain on the chewing muscles, which can increase your risk of TMJ, headaches, and other cases of pain. It also puts stress on the teeth, which can lead to abnormal wear and tear. Poorly positioned teeth are often difficult to clean, which means they are prone to cavities and gum disease in addition to being less aesthetically appealing than a straight smile. Dr. Jacobson, our Los Angeles orthodontist, can help you decide if orthodontic treatment is right for you.
You may be a candidate for orthodontics if you have:
- An overbite, or upper teeth that stick out beyond the lower teeth
- An underbite, or lower teeth that extend beyond the upper teeth
- A crossbite, which is when the teeth are misaligned laterally
- An open bite - upper and lower teeth that do not meet properly
- Spaces or gaps between your teeth
- Crowded teeth
- A misplaced midline, or the middle of your upper and lower arches do not line up properly
Braces are one of the most popular types of orthodontic treatments. They are a type of fixed appliance that consists of brackets, bands, and wires. They apply consistent pressure to teeth, which gradually moves them through the bone. The bone tissue and periodontal ligaments gradually adjust to accommodate the teeth in their new positions.
Most patients will wear braces for about eighteen to twenty-four months, based on their individual needs. The time you need orthodontic treatment can vary based on the type of treatment and the extent of your problem. After active treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from drifting out of alignment. Our orthodontist can help you determine which type of treatment is best for your needs.
Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jacobson at our Los Angeles dental office.