As far as dental treatments go, orthodontics is one that corrects a multitude of oral health concerns. All of these concerns, however, are related to improperly positioned teeth or jaws. For instance, crooked teeth or those that are improperly spaced are more difficult to clean properly. That places people at greater risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, and conditions like TMJ syndrome.
Misaligned teeth can also lead to additional stress from chewing, causing headaches or pain in your neck, back, and shoulders. Lovett Dental Pasadena offers orthodontic services to correct misalignments and strengthen smiles.
When Should You Consider Orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment is usually something associated with youth. Most people are in their teens when they first receive their braces or other orthodontic appliances. Orthodontic services, however, often begin much earlier. In fact, we recommend that parents schedule a first orthodontist treatment once your child’s first tooth comes in. This gives your child the best possible start and parents valuable time to plan what type of treatment they prefer for their children.
Despite the common association of orthodontic treatment with youth, adults, and people in their late teens are often candidates for orthodontic treatment. The beauty of orthodontics is that it can help improve the look of your smile and the functionality of your mouth at practically any age.
Braces for Orthodontic Treatments
Braces are the most widely known orthodontic treatment. They have been effective and widely used tools since the 1970s. Before that, the earliest use of orthodontics can be traced back to 400 and 300 BC. The following conditions are among those that braces are used to treat today.
- Dental crowding
- Open bites
- Misplaced midlines
- Spacing issues
They remain effective tools for treating these conditions though some people choose clear aligners as orthodontics treatment instead of traditional braces. Your orthodontist can help you understand the differences between the two treatments to decide which you feel will work best for yourself or your child.
Orthodontics with Aligners
Some people in need of orthodontic services decide to go with aligners. People choose aligners for many different reasons. One of the most common is that aligners are clear, and most casual observers cannot detect them. This helps improve confidence as they are practically invisible and do not call attention to the person wearing them. Of course, that doesn’t take away from the following important benefits clear aligners offer.
- Faster effects. Because you change aligners weekly, you can achieve lasting results much faster.
- Better fit. They are made from acrylic and designed to fit comfortably. They are easily applied and removed.
- Convenient. Because you only need to visit your orthodontist once every six weeks, they aren’t incredibly time-consuming and inconvenient.
- Effective straightening. Our aligners have been clinically proven to work to treat various conditions, including crossbites, gaps, crowding, open bites, overbites, and underbites.
Everyone has different needs, and our orthodontics team will work closely with you to determine which form of treatment works best for those needs.
Why Choose Lovett Dental Pasadena for Orthodontic Services?
There’s no doubt if you need orthodontic treatment, you’ll want to have plenty of options available to you. Lovett Dental Pasadena has a lot to offer as our dentists and orthodontists work closely together to create a completely customized treatment plan that meets all your dental care needs.
Whether you choose braces or clear aligners for your orthodontic treatment, we will work with you to create an effective treatment plan and deliver a clear timeline for treatment and results. Call Lovett Dental Pasadena today at 281.336.8068 to learn more about our full-service dental care and treatment options.