Ortho (Invisalign/Clear Correct)

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ORTHODONTICS

No matter what your age, orthodontics can protect your bite (occlusion), maximize your teeth's effectiveness in performing their functions and create a well-aligned smile. Today's orthodontics involves repositioning of the teeth and underlying roots, providing better support for the crown of the tooth. Orthodontic treatment is now associated with the benefits of greater esthetic appeal, increased comfort and reduced treatment time.

Hue Dental welcomes you to visit our dental office for cutting edge, friendly orthodontic treatments.

Reasons to Visit an Orthodontist

Small Mouth:
A small mouth can result in a limited amount of space for the teeth to grow. This can foster crowding once the permanent teeth erupt.

Tongue Thrusting: 
Some children thrust their tongue forward, pressing it against the lips with a force that can result in the protrusion of teeth, or "open bite," among other problems.

Extra Teeth or Not Enough: 
Sometimes, a person can have extra teeth develop and/or protrude, or certain teeth that do not develop or protrude at all. If you have too many teeth or not enough, your bite can be affected. In addition, the untimely loss of baby teeth or traumatic injury to the face, mouth or jaw can also affect the bite.

Misaligned Jaw and Bone Structure:
A misaligned jaw or supporting bone structure can affect the bite and create malocclusion. Malocclusion may result in difficulty chewing and speaking, or otherwise impact the functionality of the teeth. Furthermore, malocclusion may contribute to other oral health conditions such as TMJ (TMD) and teeth grinding (bruxing).

Poor Muscular Functional Habits: 
Malocclusion may be caused by poor muscular functional habits such as thumb sucking during and beyond infancy. Some adults still suck their fingers or thumbs, resulting in tongue thrust habits that can be a detriment to dental and facial development.

 

Common Orthodontic Procedures and Treatments

Dental braces

Orthodontic headgear

Orthodontic retainers

In severe cases, an orthodontic professional may have to break the jaw in order to realign it to the proper position.

Invisible Braces
The invisible brace system is a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually achieve the same result of metal braces. The plastic is nearly invisible and can be removed when the patient wishes to eat or chew gum. Oral hygiene is made easier with invisible braces because you can still brush and floss without obstruction by removing the braces.

A Typical Orthodontic Visit
The invisible brace system is a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually achieve the same result of metal braces. The plastic is nearly invisible and can be removed when the patient wishes to eat or chew gum. Oral hygiene is made easier with invisible braces because you can still brush and floss without obstruction by removing the braces.

On your first visit to the orthodontist, expect the following:

The orthodontist will examine your teeth and jaw and decide whether you need braces or a retainer.

The technician or orthodontic assistant will take an X-ray of your teeth and jaw.

The technician or orthodontic assistant will take a mold of your mouth and jaw.

The Right Age for Dental Braces
A person typically inherits tooth spacing, malocclusion, crowding, misalignment or similar problems from their parents. However, these conditions also may be caused by habits such as thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, lip wedging, mouth breathing due to allergies or large tonsils and adenoids, premature loss of teeth or trauma, and generally begin to appear between the ages of six and 12 years old - the time when the permanent teeth start to erupt.

Therefore, orthodontic treatment with dental braces should begin between the ages of eight and 14 in order to achieve optimal results. It is generally considered ideal to have an orthodontic evaluation no later than the age of seven, since this is when there is a good mix of primary (baby) and adult teeth in the mouth.

Adults and Dental Braces
Children are not the only ones who may benefit from dental braces. Adults also can undergo orthodontic treatment with dental braces to correct alignment, spacing, crowding and malocclusion problems. The process for moving teeth is basically the same at any age, but the treatment may take longer for adults. This is due to the fact that adult facial bones are no longer growing, and certain corrections may not be possible utilizing braces alone. Depending on the specific type and severity of your alignment or malocclusion problem, tooth extraction or maxillofacial surgery may be required.