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Orthodontic Problems

Malocclusion literally means “bad bite” and is the number one reason people see an orthodontist.  There are many different forms of “bad bites” which can lead to a variety of complications. There are many causes of malocclusion.  Genetics are one of the leading factors. A child may be born with a disproportionate jaw.  There are also environmental factors, such as thumb sucking beyond the age of 4.

Crowded teeth, the opposite of spacing, is caused where there just isn’t enough space in the mouth for all those teeth.
Crowding just gets worse over time as one tooth pushes over the other leading to overlapping teeth.  Crowded teeth are harder to clean than straight teeth which will lead to cavities and tooth decay. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion so as to avoid tooth removal.

In an underbite, the lower jaw is longer than the upper which causes the lower teeth to protrude in front of the upper teeth.  It is best to diagnose the problem early.

An overbite, or deep bite is when the front teeth cover the lower teeth too much.  An excessive overbite leads to wearing down of the teeth and even may cause the bottom teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

The malocclusion known as spacing is too much room between the teeth.  Spacing can occur if teeth are missing, small, or if the dental arch is wide.  The most common complaint from patients with excessive spacing is cosmetic.

A crossbite is when the back upper teeth fit into the inside of the lower back teeth.  A crossbite causes tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.

When the upper front teeth stick out too far forward, or the lower teeth don’t extend enough this is called protrusion.  Because of the abnormal contact between the upper and lower front teeth it could cause injury to the lower teeth.  It also causes poor bites and may even be from uneven jaw growth.  This problem can be caused by thumb and finger sucking.

In a perfectly aligned face there should be a straight line from the bridge of the nose to the bottom teeth…all should be lined up.  If they are not and the bottom teeth are actually misaligned from the top teeth, then your midlines are off.
When your midlines are off your teeth could be drifted or your lower jaw could be shifted, which would result in an improper bite.

The common result of thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, an open bite, is when you can actually stick your tongue between your teeth while biting down.  An open bite is a cosmetic problem, but it can also cause chewing problems.

Treatment Options

DN Orthodontics utilizes the most comfortable, efficient and technologically advanced types of braces available. Because we offer the latest technology in braces, more choices are available to our patients. Regular metal braces are still the most widely used, yet other types such as clear braces and Invisalign have gained popularity.

Traditional Braces

Most people are familiar with traditional braces. They are the type that go on the outside of your teeth. Traditional metal braces are usually made from stainless steel but ceramics can also now be used in traditional braces. This helps them blend in with your natural tooth color.


Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces.


Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®

Our office provides the most state-of-the-art procedures available, ensuring optimal results for our patients. Invisalign® aligners are a revolutionary system that utilizes 3-D computer graphics to design and manufacture customized clear appliances called removable “Aligners”. Invisalign appliances are virtually undetectable, easy-to-use and comfortable to wear. Invisalign® effectively treats the vast majority of adults and adolescents with narrow arches, crowding, space closure, relapse, and anterior intrusion.

The invisible way to straighten your teeth, without braces. Invisalign® can give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted. It works through a series of invisible, comfortable and removable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So you can smile more during treatment as well as after.

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Invisalign® Frequently Asked Questions

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A: As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign depends on the complexity of a patient’s case. The Invisalign® cost is generally slightly more expensive than traditional braces, but find out what your treatment involves by contacting our office for a complimentary appointment. We also do not let finances stand in the way of getting a beautiful smile. We offer a number of payment plans that make any treatment fit our patient’s budget.

A: Yes. In both clinical research and in orthodontic and dental practices nationwide, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth.

A: Many insurance companies cover Invisalign to the same extent as traditional braces. However, orthodontic benefits do differ significantly from policy to policy. We recommend verifying your individual benefit with your insurance company.

A: Removable aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

A: Removable aligners are nearly invisible and look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”

A: Like brackets and archwires, Invisalign® Aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.

A: Doctors can use Invisalign® to treat a vast majority of patients with fully-erupted molars.

 

For more information on Invisalign®, please visit http://www.invisalign.com.

 

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What is Invisalign Teen®?

Invisalign Teen uses the same Invisalign technology as adult aligners, moving teeth gradually with each set of clear, comfortable plastic aligners. But because teens (and their mouths) are constantly on the move, we’ve added a few special features.

  • Blue wear-indicators fade from blue to clear to help your teen gauge wear time
  • Designed to compensate for the growth of new teeth and molars
  • Six free individual replacement aligners are included in case any get lost or misplaced

Best of all, Invisalign Teen works. So teens can smile with confidence and parents can, too.

For more information on Invisalign Teen, please visit http://www.invisalign.com/teen.

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