Orthodontics Q & A
Orthodontic treatments are used to treat patients whose teeth or jaw are not lined up correctly. Orthodontic treatments like braces can correct misalignment and bite issues. Dr. Horlick can solve these problems with various orthodontic treatments like traditional braces, aligners, and retainers for maintenance.
What Are Problems an Orthodontist Can Fix?
An orthodontist can provide solutions to a variety of problems with the positioning of the teeth and jaw. Orthodontists can fix a variety of issues including:
- Overbites, underbites, and crossbites
- Crooked teeth
- An open bite
- A misalignment in your center teeth
- An excess of teeth
- Spaces or gaps between teeth
Dr. Horlick will perform an examination to let you know if he can fix your oral concerns with regular dental procedures or if you are a candidate for orthodontic treatments.
Is Orthodontics Purely for Appearance?
These dental treatments create a more uniform and beautiful appearance that could improve the appearance of a smile if the teeth were crooked or misaligned in some way. Additionally, orthodontic procedures also provide functional benefits to oral health. When teeth do not fit together or align properly, a patient may experience a variety of dental problems. Overcrowded teeth can be more difficult to clean properly leading to gum disease, tooth decay, and other issues. Also, when the teeth or jaw are misaligned, TMJ syndrome could develop causing headaches and pain in your neck, shoulders, and even your back.
How Does Orthodontics Fix My Problem?
Orthodontics includes a variety of treatments that solve misalignments and other issues. Orthodontic appliances apply gentle but persistent pressure to the teeth and jaw, slowly pushing the teeth into the correct position. Dr. Horlick might give you braces or aligners. He may use splints that change the position of the jaw or a palatal expander that widens the upper jaw. He also provides retainers and headgear. These are just some of the procedures an orthodontist can provide.
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