Traditional metal brackets and wires provide your orthodontist the greatest control in moving your teeth in a slow, steady and directed manner. Orthodontic treatment today comes with a wide range of options, including early intervention, varying materials, and styles. The best course of action is to work with our team at Lakewood Dental Arts for guidance, advice and recommendations. We can help.
The term malocclusion is used to define a bad bite, or a misalignment of the teeth. Malocclusion is a general term that encompasses many varying bite issues. Often, these issues can be corrected with an orthodontic appliance such as braces. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that are applied to multiple teeth. A wire is then placed through the brackets. Through regular tightenings of the wire, your orthodontist is able to provide pressure to pull your teeth in a very specific and directed course. Braces can be used to correct minor up through severe alignment issues including:
Before seeking orthodontic treatment, we will want to discuss identification of your malocclusion. By properly identifying your specific bite problem, we can then guide the course of treatment to assist in bringing your teeth and jaw into proper alignment. Part of identifying your bite issue is discussing possible habits that may have led to this issue, including thumb-sucking, ill-fitting dental appliances, gestational growth issues or trauma.
Malocclusions are generally categorized into one of three types:
Today, braces come with so many options, options that include different materials, aligners, and more. We are happy to discuss options with you, or direct you toward more information. Options such as: