A healthy, beautiful smile is important for your overall health and life satisfaction. If your teeth are too close to each other, too far apart, too crooked, or if they fit together uncomfortably when your mouth is closed, it’s likely you have malocclusion. From the root words “mal” for bad, and “occlusion” for closed, malocclusion refers to a poor position of your teeth when your mouth is closed. The solution for malocclusion is orthodontics to straighten your teeth. (The root word “ortho” means straight.)
The specific position of your mouth when it’s closed is called your bite. Your bite can be either healthy or unhealthy, and an unhealthy bite can cause all sorts of problems. Kids and adults alike can benefit from fixing an improper bite. Needing orthodontic treatment is a good example of when cosmetic dentistry is both beautiful and practical. London, Ontario dentist Dr. Spagnuolo shares all you need to know about getting orthodontic treatment at We Smile Dentistry.
An orthodontic dentist will examine your mouth and create a personalized treatment plan to achieve your smile goal. There are numerous kinds of orthodontic treatments—most involve appliances made of plastic, metal, wires and elastic bands to move your teeth and jaw bones. These materials—sometimes removable, other times cemented in place—put just the right pressure on your teeth to shift them to a proper position.
Below are the most common orthodontic appliances:
In some cases, your dentist may recommend surgery as part of your orthodontic treatment. Or, the dentist may suggest veneers if it will better and more easily help you achieve the smile you desire.
Malocclusion can cause a lot of problems in your daily life besides feeling embarrassed by crooked teeth. Straightening your teeth and improving your bite can help with:
Cons of Orthodontics
Some orthodontic treatments cause initial tenderness in your mouth, but this should pass within a few days. You will have to take extra time to properly brush your teeth if you have braces.
You might not want to start a new orthodontic treatment right before a big life change like getting married or starting a new job, so talk to your London dentist about ideal timing. But overall, orthodontic treatments are low-risk and provide important, long-term benefits.
Dentistry is the general practice of providing oral health care. Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that treats malocclusion and teeth straightening. All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Here in London, Ontario, many general dentists provide orthodontic services. Dr. Spagnuolo has been providing orthodontic services since 1987.
If you want to see Dr. Spagnuolo about problems with your teeth alignment, contact We Smile Dentistry today! We’ll answer any questions you might have. We look forward to helping you straighten your smile!
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