Orthodontics is a field in dentistry that specializes in treating people with uneven or improper bites. This condition is also known as malocclusion, which results from irregularly shaped teeth or disproportionate jaws. Usually there is a difference in the size of the lower and upper jaw and this cause the teeth to have abnormal growth and bite patterns. Malocclusion is often hereditary.
Orthodontic Appliances, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Bite problems caused by malocclusions are corrected using two types of orthodontic appliances, fixed and removable ones. Some of the more common forms of fixed appliances are braces and fixed space maintainers while Invisalign clear braces are great examples of removable appliances.
Having a check up with your Grand Junction dentist may help in early detection of any serious malocclusion problems when it comes to kids or younger patients. For adults, it may take a series of tests and an assessment on how your teeth and jaw will develop without treatment before actual procedures are performed.
Examples of tests that your Grand Junction dentist may require include X-rays of the teeth and jawbones, a clinical examination, and a look at your full medical and dental history. Based on the test results, your dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment.
Treatments for bite irregularities usually start during teenage years when our teeth have developed fully and can show how they are aligned in our mouths. In cases where teeth and jaw problems show up early, treatment can also commence but may be a bit more difficult and longer to correct.
A good way to prevent further dental problems when you are dealing with malocclusion is to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth regularly in order to avoid plaque buildup due to bits of food that remain in our teeth. These will not only cause bad breath but also gum disease in the future.
Grand Dental, P.C. is a place where you can get the best dental service to correct any bite problems and crooked teeth using the latest technology along with proven methods in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. You may reach their office now by calling (970) 243-8580. Book an appointment right away.