Most people understand the most basic aspects of orthodontia, but they still bear repeating. Quite often, teeth fail to come in straight, or the upper and lower jaw may differ in size, resulting in an overbite or an underbite. An orthodontist is a specialist who works to deal with what dentists call malocclusions which can cause problems in terms of both oral health and appearance. Here at Medical Center Dental Care, we have one of Southern California’s leading orthodontists on our team who is here to help both youngsters and adults obtain the healthiest and most attractive smiles possible.
Yes, Straight Teeth Really are Important!
A lot of people tend to assume that improving a person’s bite through orthodontia is mainly a cosmetic matter. While it’s true that having a more attractive smile is desirable and can give young people the confidence they need to get through life, the benefits of orthodontia go far beyond that.
For example, if malocclusions are caught early enough, orthodontia can prevent other teeth from coming in improperly. (This is why it’s important to have children visit an orthodontist by around the age of 7.) Moreover, misaligned teeth can make oral hygiene more difficult, leading to a greater occurrence of the many potentially serious problems emerging from tooth decay. In adulthood, misaligned teeth can worsen symptoms of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) and contribute to snoring and sleep apnea, a serious condition impacting the body’s ability to obtain proper sleep. Fortunately, not only young people, but adults can also benefit from techniques and procedures that can straighten teeth.
Alongside braces, which apply gentle and consistent pressure to gradually move teeth, retainers to help hold them in place until the teeth have permanently settled, and headgear to adjust the bite, newer options are in also available. In particular, Invisalign and other nearly invisible orthodontia devices are particularly appealing to adults. There are also a growing number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, including clear ceramic braces and lingual braces which go behind the teeth. The last option is a choice many adult patients make, but Invisalign is an increasingly popular item because of its advantages in terms of convenience and appearance while realigning teeth.
Orthodontia at Medical Center Dental Care
Our goal is to provide comprehensive oral health care under a single roof, and our staff orthodontist is an integral part of that effort. Our orthodontist is one of the very best in his field, and emphasizes communication and empathy with patients at all times.
To find out more about working with the Medical Center Dental Care, contact us today at the phone number above. You can also reach out by making an appointment request through our contact page.