What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry which handles the treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws. The most common problem is called a “malocclusion”, meaning crooked or protruding teeth that do not fit together properly.
Many patients associate orthodontics to correcting crooked teeth or overcrowding of teeth, which is true. However, orthodontic treatment can also help relieve other oral issues, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), headaches, migraines, and neck, back and shoulder pain.
Traditional orthodontics simply involves the straightening of teeth, whereas Functional orthodontics not only focuses on straightening teeth but also in repositioning the upper and lower jaw into alignment. Functional Orthodontics has proven to produce effective results in enhancing the facial profile and appearance, as well as the functionality of the mouth and jaw.
Ideal Candidate for Orthodontic Procedures
Functional Orthodontics is ideal for patients of any age who suffer from a misaligned jaw, poor facial profiles, or a narrow mouth. Traditional Orthodontic treatments focus on aligning the teeth and can be appropriate for some patients.
Dr. Candice Sullivan offers pediatric orthodontic consultations and Dr. Frank Sullivan provides adult orthodontic consultations to evaluate which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you.
Types of Orthodontics
- Traditional Orthodontics
- Full Face Orthodontics
What is Traditional Orthodontics?
Traditional orthodontics focuses on the teeth. This treatment uses the help of braces to help patients with malocclusion, they are placed using a straight wire technique. This technique will retract the teeth back into position.
What are braces?
Dental braces are orthodontic devices used to straighten or align teeth for patients suffering from malocclusion or other bite abnormalities. These devices apply continuous pressure to the teeth over the entire length of treatment to slowly move them to the desired position so that patients can achieve a straight, properly aligned smile.
Are braces painful?
The application of braces is not normally painful and requires no anesthesia. Some patients report discomfort in the teeth and gums during the first week or two after being fitted with braces. Over-the-counter painkillers can help relieve this pain.
Braces Before And After
What To Expect After Traditional Orthodontic Treatment
Most patients will need to wear a retainer after braces are removed in order to maintain the new position of the teeth and to prevent further movement.
Once treatment is complete, patients can enjoy and take pride in their straight, beautiful smiles.
Invisalign bio-liners are clear trays that are used for minor tooth movement. There are clear trays that can be removed, and they are used to straighten teeth.
What is Full Face Orthodontics?
Full face orthodontics is a protection style of orthodontics. It focuses not just on the teeth but on the whole face including the airways, joints, and muscles.
Full Face Orthodontics is more of a psychologic approach and allows the teeth to go where they need to go. This type of treatment requires the patient to wear a growth appliance of the upper jaw and brace that are all white porcelain.
What can Full Face Orthodontics help treat?
Full Face Orthodontics can treat the following:
- Facial Asymmetry
- Lip line turning downward
- Correction of TMJ symptoms
- Fuller Lips
- Fuller and wider smile
- Larger airway – treatment of sleep apnea
- Space for tongue
Schedule a consultation
If you are unsure of whether you need braces or have questions about orthodontics procedure and appliances, Call Sullivan Dental Center today at 225-635-4422 to schedule a consultation.