Who Can Benefit from Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that is concerned with diagnosing, treating and preventing malocclusions (improper bites) and other jaw and facial problems. Although many people believe that orthodontics is only for children and teenagers, almost one third of orthodontic patients are now adults. A person of any age can be successfully treated with orthodontics.
A malocclusion (improper bite) can affect anyone at any age, and can significantly impact the ability to chew and speak clearly and facial symmetry. In addition, a severe malocclusion can also contribute to several serious dental and physical conditions such as digestive difficulties, TMJ, periodontal disease and severe tooth decay.
What problems can orthodontics treat?
Orthodontics can treat a wide range of dental problems and, in most cases, completely realign the teeth. The typical problems requiring orthodontic treatment are:
Overcrowding – There is insufficient space within the jaw for all of the adult teeth to fit. Overcrowding may lead to displaced, rotated, or completely misaligned teeth.
Overbite – The protrusion of the upper jaw over the lower jaw, partially or fully covering the lower teeth. An overbite gives the smile a “toothy” appearance and the chin looks like it has receded.
Underbite – The protrusion of the lower jaw over the upper jaw, partially or fully covering the upper teeth. An underbite makes the chin look overly prominent.
If you have any questions about orthodontic treatments or how they can benefit you, please feel free to contact our office at 517-393-8500.
Day Family Dental
Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI