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It is common knowledge that orthodontic treatment like braces can transform your smile and give you the pearly whites you’ve always wanted. However, did you know that braces do more than just straighten your smile? Find out more with help from your Merced and Mariposa, CA orthodontist, Dr. Richard Rowan.
What can braces treat?
The word orthodontic comes from the Greek words “orthos” (straight) and “odon” (tooth). However, braces from your Merced and Mariposa orthodontist treat more than just crooked teeth. They also treat conditions such as:
- open bite
- overcrowding (overlaps)
- under crowding (gaps)
Correcting bite issues is vital to the ability to chew and eat correctly. Improper bite also contributes to headaches and medical conditions such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Improper bite also leads to broken or cracked teeth, giving bacteria a direct route into your tooth.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
The most noticeable benefit to wearing braces is the outcome. However, braces also correct bite, allowing proper chewing, biting and even speaking. Looking great results in feeling great, meaning that your new smile will boost your self-esteem and give you heightened confidence. When teeth are too crowded, they create small areas which toothbrush bristles or floss simply cannot reach. This allows decay-causing bacteria to build up. Straightening the teeth eliminates these hard-to-clean areas, lowering the chance of tooth decay and gum disease by making the teeth easier to clean.
Alternatives to Traditional Braces
If the thought of metal in your mouth makes you hesitant to straighten your teeth or correct your bite, you may benefit from alternatives to traditional braces. Clear braces made from ceramic instead of metal use tooth-colored brackets and wires to move the teeth the same way as traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are traditional metal braces attached to the inside of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside of the mouth. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligner trays to correct alignment and bite issues.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist can help you decide which option is best for you. For more information on straightening your teeth, please contact Dr. Richard Rowan in Merced and Mariposa, CA. Call (209) 384-3223 in Merced and (209) 966-4600 in Mariposa to schedule your consultation for braces or Invisalign today!
If your children have any type of tooth spacing issues, you might be visiting your Mariposa and Merced, CA orthodontist sooner than you realize. In the past, most children didn't receive braces until around 12 or 14 years of age when their permanent teeth were already in place. Now, children are seeing orthodontists such as Richard Rowan, DMD, MSD in Mariposa and Merced, CA as soon as age seven.
Why Kids are Seeing the Orthodontist Earlier and Earlier
The reason for the earlier treatments is a good one: The sooner your Mariposa and Merced, CA orthodontist can begin treatment, the easier and more effective the treatment will be. Your child's orthodontist won't have to pull your child's permanent teeth or fight to move teeth that are already in place. Instead, he or she can work with your child's teeth as your child grows and develops to gently and gradually bring them into proper alignment.
Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontics
The process for moving a child's teeth while the teeth are still developing is called interceptive orthodontics, and it comes with a number of benefits. Interceptive orthodontics is a technique that works with the teeth to create more room for them as they develop, rather than fighting against the teeth later. It reduces the risk of facial trauma and the need for tooth removal. It shortens treatment time and helps facilitate facial symmetry. It can even be used to expand the palate. With all of the benefits interceptive orthodontics offers, it is no wonder that many orthodontists in Mariposa and Merced, CA are switching to this new system of care.
Are Interceptive Orthodontics Right for My Child?
If your child's teeth are crooked, crowded, gapped or out of alignment, interceptive orthodontics may be the best way to bring your child's teeth into proper alignment as they grow. Talk to your orthodontist, Dr. Rowan in Mariposa and Merced, CA, about your options today. The sooner you call, the quicker and easier your child's treatment is likely to be!