What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry which handles the treatment of issues such as 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.
Benefits of Orthodontics
Many patients associate orthodontics with correcting crooked teeth or the overcrowding of teeth, which is true. However, orthodontic treatment can also help relieve other oral issues, such as:
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Neck, back and shoulder pain
Types of Orthodontics
Sullivan Dental Center offers the following types of orthodontic services:
- Traditional Orthodontics
- Functional Orthodontics
- Full Face Orthodontics
am I a 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.
What is Traditional Orthodontics?
Traditional orthodontics focuses on the teeth. This treatment uses the help of braces to help patients with malocclusion, which we place 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 usually not 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
To view more cases, be sure to look at our before and after smile gallery here.
Traditional Orthodontic Treatment Results
In order to maintain the new position of the teeth and to prevent further movement, most patients will need to wear a retainer after we remove the braces.
Once treatment is complete, patients can thake pride in and enjoy their straight, beautiful smiles.
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.
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.
Full Face Orthodontics Treatments
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