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Do You Know What Your Orthodontic Options Are?

October 24, 2016

Do You Know What Your Orthodontic Options Are?

Your teeth are important for many reasons, including the fact that they affect your self-esteem, they’re necessary to ensure you can chew properly, and they make it easier to get nutrients you need. However, they can also cause problems. If your teeth aren’t straight, or if they cause you pain, if you have an overbite or an underbite, then orthodontic options may be the answer for you.

Reasons people sometimes need orthodontics

It’s become somewhat common for teens to use some type of orthodontic appliance, whether Invisalign or another option. As adult teeth start to come in, California Dental Group can start to see some issues and can take early action to prevent a lifelong problem.

It’s also true that adults are more likely to use orthodontic treatments then they were in the past. This is due in part to advances in options that have made it more affordable and more convenient. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, there are three types of malocclusions, otherwise known as misalignments of the teeth:

  • Class I. This refers to crowding or space issues between the teeth.
  • Class II. An overbite.
  • Class II. An underbite.

Some people have more than one of these issues. Regardless, orthodontics can help any and all of the above issues.

Orthodontics can be used for numerous issues

Most people think of orthodontics solely as an option that make the teeth straighter but there are actually several other reasons that orthodontics may be a good option for you. They can help with:

  • TMJ and other jaw disorders.
  • Teeth grinding.
  • Eating or chewing problems.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Certain speech impediments.
  • Gum disease.
  • Tooth decay.

If you have any of these issues then California Dental Group may offer an orthodontic solution.

Invisalign offers solutions you may not know about

When most people think about orthodontics, they think about brackets, wires, and other uncomfortable devices. The good news is that Invisalign offers a totally different way to straighten your teeth and / or treat other dental issues.

Invisalign is made up of clear, plastic aligners that slowly move your teeth into the ideal position. They are almost invisible – hence the name – and or most people they are much more comfortable than traditional braces. They’re also easier to clean and can be removed when eating. In short, for most people, they’re a far superior option to the braces of yesteryear.

Are you considering orthodontic treatment?

If you, your child, or a loved one has one or more of the issues discussed above then orthodontics may be a solution. The first step is to make an appointment with California Dental Group. We can provide a general dental exam, x-rays, and a cleaning. We’ll then discuss your concerns and let you know what your options are. Only when you have all the information will you make a decision about which solution you want to move forward with.

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