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More than enhancing your smile, orthodontics in Arlington aims to correct oral problems. Orthodontic treatment can help align teeth and jaws, enhancing your smile and overall facial appearance. Properly aligned teeth and jaws can improve bite function and speech. If you are in search of solutions to your dental issues, SKS Dental offers a range of oral procedures.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face, and bite irregularities (malocclusions*). Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care provider known as an orthodontist, who has completed two to three years of additional training beyond dental school.
Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically concerning orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness of the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity but for cosmetic reasons as well.
Whether it’s traditional braces or custom-made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you have the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for!
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*Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don’t fit together correctly. Malocclusions not only affect the teeth but also the appearance of the face. Most malocclusions are inherited; however, some are due to acquired habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. The spacing left from an adult tooth being extracted or an early loss of a baby tooth can also contribute to a malocclusion.
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Am I an Ideal Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can benefit people of all ages, especially children and adolescents. Such issues are often identified during childhood, making early intervention beneficial.
Many adults seek orthodontic treatments to address long-standing issues or to improve their smile. Those with problems like crowded or crooked teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, or crossbites can also benefit from a visit to a specialist.
To determine the best treatment approach for your oral problems, a physical examination of your jaw and teeth will be performed during the initial consultation. You will be required to take X-rays and impressions to further assess your condition. Additionally, we will review your medical history to check your overall health and eligibility for treatment.
When we have all the information we need, we will sit down with you to discuss a treatment plan that includes other treatment options, the overall cost, and the estimated duration.
The specific orthodontic procedure varies depending on the individual’s needs and the type of issue. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth for realignment. These apply pressure to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.
On the other hand, Invisalign and similar systems use a series of clear, removable aligners to shift teeth. They are nearly invisible and offer more flexibility than traditional braces.
Some patients may require additional appliances, like headgear or palate expanders, to correct more complex issues. The extent of the condition determines how long the treatment will last overall.
Your recovery from orthodontic treatment varies but typically involves an adjustment period. You may experience discomfort or soreness after adjustments, which typically lasts a few days. Regular appointments are necessary to monitor progress and make adjustments as needed.
After active treatment, retainers are often worn to maintain the results. This may be a removable or fixed retainer.
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies based on several factors, including the type of treatment, its duration, and other procedures performed. Other treatments that might be provided during follow-up appointments will affect the overall price. Consult your provider to see whether your insurance can help with some of the costs.
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Achieve an attractive, beaming smile with orthodontics in Arlington and address your underlying dental issues. Contact SKS Dental to schedule a consultation today.