Orthodontics is a dental specialty focused on diagnosing and treating misaligned teeth and problems of the jaw. For several decades, orthodontists mostly saw only teens and young adults. However, over the past few years, orthodontic treatment has become more popular among adults.
In addition to having teeth that are visually more appealing, orthodontics can also make your teeth easier to clean. Depending on the dental challenges you face, orthodontic treatment could also improve your speech.
Treatment is effective at any age, though the American Dental Association recommends children get an assessment for orthodontics near age seven. Earlier treatment plans can prevent children from struggling to care for their oral health or experiencing jaw pain due to overbite, underbite or crossbite issues.
What Can Orthodontics Treat?
Orthodontics can go hand-in-hand with maxillofacial and cosmetic dentistry. Some of the most common dental challenges and conditions that orthodontics treats include:
Options for Orthodontic Treatments
Advances in technology have provided patients many options when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists have more insights into a patient’s tooth structure, gums and jaw thanks to advances in X-ray technology, including digital X-rays, which enable a dentist to zoom and examine different areas of the mouth.
Once your dentist has recommended orthodontic treatments, you have several options for your treatment. Choose the one that best fits your lifestyle and preferences.
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