Orthodontic Treatment (Braces)
Orthodontist Serving San Diego, CA
The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical
changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it's also a great
way to improve a person's overall self-image. While having beautiful
straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate
any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw.
Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth,
leading to tooth decay and, possibly,
gum disease or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to
chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear
of tooth surfaces.
American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age
7. Though orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment
ensures maximum dental health.
With the latest advancements in orthodontics, wearing braces has never
been easier. State-of-the-art treatments are now available, from traditional
metal braces, to clear and tooth colored brackets, to NASA type wires
that are heat activated and require fewer adjustments! Some patients may
even be candidates for treatment with
Invisalign, a revolutionary way to straighten teeth using clear, retainer type aligners
that require no braces or wires.
If treatment is necessary, San Diego orthodontist
Dr. Roya Mirkhan will thoroughly discuss which treatment option is best suited for you!
Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:
Breathing or swallowing problems - Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
Crossbite - One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
Crowding - Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth.
Deep Overbite - The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
Disfiguring of the face & mouth - Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth.
- Jaw & jaw joint pain
Missing or extra teeth - Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
Overjet (protruding upper teeth) - Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with
a short lower jaw.
Self-image - An attractive smile can boost a person's self-image and confidence.
Spacing between teeth - Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large.
- Speech, chewing or biting problems
Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) - Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.
Specific to children:
Finger or thumb sucking - These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth
Teeth erupting out of position - Can be guided to proper alignment.
Contact us today!
Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case. Your
San Diego orthodontist will ensure you have a successful treatment for
a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime. Orthodontics can not only
help straighten your teeth, giving you an appealing smile, but can greatly
contribute to the health of your jaw, teeth and your overall health.
Contact our office to find out if braces are right for you!