When your teeth are in their ideal positions, they are able to function properly and look great. When your teeth are not naturally in those ideal positions, dentists use orthodontics to correct their positioning and improve your bite.
We are often asked about the ideal age for orthodontic treatment, but the reality is that braces aren't just for children and teenagers. More and more of our adult patients are choosing orthodontics to achieve a more attractive, comfortable smile.
We’re proud to offer orthodontic services at Bedford South Dentistry. Here are just a few of the ways orthodontics could help you.
Your upper teeth are designed to slightly overlap your lower teeth, so they can bite together in proper occlusion. If your jaws and teeth are naturally too far forward or too far back, you may have a bite problem. Bite problems can cause painful damage to your teeth if left untreated. Talk to us about how orthodontics might help with your bite problems.
When your teeth are properly aligned, they form a U-shaped arch. This makes it easy to brush and floss between each one. If your teeth are crowded together, it makes it difficult to clean them properly, and that puts them at risk for decay. Some people are self-conscious about having crowded teeth and wish their smile was properly aligned. Please talk to us about how orthodontics can correct crowded teeth.
If you have spaces between your teeth, the gaps can cause problems with your alignment and occlusion (bite). Spaces can be corrected with the help of orthodontics. When you're missing a tooth, the surrounding teeth slowly shift their position in an attempt to fill the gap. After losing a baby tooth, it's important to allow room for an adult tooth to grown in. Talk to us today about how orthodontic appliances can help maintain that space.
For more information about orthodontic treatment, contact Bedford South Dentistry today.
Q: How do braces work to straighten my teeth?
A: Braces correct the positioning of your teeth in four steps: by aligning your teeth into the proper U-shaped arch and leveling them to the proper height, correcting your bite, and perfecting the way your teeth fit together. The final step is fitting your teeth with retainers to keep them from moving back to their original positions -- trust us: it can happen!
Q: My teeth are crooked and I’ve always been self-conscious about them, but aren't braces really just for teenagers?
A: Definitely not. Braces – and all types of orthodontic appliances – work just as well on adults as they do on children and teenagers. Age is not a factor in having an attractive, comfortable smile. Talk to us today to discuss your options.
Q: I've heard orthodontics are expensive. Does my dental insurance cover braces?
A: It depends on your coverage. Different policies covers different treatments. We would be happy to help you better understand your available coverage, so please ask us at your next appointment.