Realign Your Teeth and Your Life with Orthodontics at Sierra Dental Health
Many Americans of all ages suffer from crooked teeth, or a bite that is misaligned, and this can have a negative impact on their life. They may be self-conscious about their smile, and sometimes, it can even lead to dental health problems like gum disease or tooth decay. Also, misaligned teeth can put extra stress on your chewing muscles, and this can lead to headaches, TMJ Syndrome, or even neck and back pain.
If you are one of the many people who has teeth or jaws that are not positioned properly, you should seek out help from an orthodontist. Our highly experienced team at Sierra Dental Health in Fontana, CA, uses a variety of cutting-edge methods to fix your teeth and help you smile confidently.
Who Needs Orthodontics?
Our expert staff will examine your teeth and bite and let you know if you’re a good candidate for orthodontics. We’ll look into your full medical and dental history, take special x-rays and images of your mouth, and create plaster models of your teeth to help us determine if you’re a good fit for orthodontics.
We may look for one or more of the following issues in our evaluation:
Some people have extra space or gaps between their teeth. This is called spacing, and it could be the result of missing teeth or teeth that need to be realigned.
When there are too many teeth in one place in your mouth, it’s called crowding. Orthodontics can correct this problem by spreading your teeth out to their proper position.
If your top teeth or your bottom teeth are too far forward, you may suffer from an overbite or underbite, respectively. These irregular bites can be corrected with orthodontics.
If there is a gap between your side or front teeth when your back teeth bite down, you have an open bite. This is another abnormal bite that can be fixed with orthodontics.
What to Expect from Your Orthodontics Treatment?
If we determine that you are a good candidate for orthodontics, we will go over a personalized treatment plan with you, and it may include multiple options for you to choose from. We might recommend fixed or removable appliances, or maybe even a combination of both. Either way, we’ll recommend the best option for your needs and only use the latest, top of the line orthodontics technology for your treatment.
Braces are the most common type of fixed appliance. Braces are composed of wires, brackets and bands. Brackets are usually affixed to the front of your teeth, and bands are used as anchors and are attached around your teeth. Wires are run through your brackets and attached to the bands of your braces. We’ll tighten your wires to put tension on your teeth and slowly move them into their intended position over time. Normally, we’ll tighten them each month, and the entire process can take anywhere from a few months to a year. However, we’ll give you an estimate before installing your braces. Fortunately, today’s braces show less metal than those of the past and are smaller and lighter. Also, they come in a variety of styles, from colorful ones for kids, to clear ones for adults. Depending on the patient’s needs, we can also install special fixed appliances or fixed space maintainers.
Aligners, like Invisalign, are a removable appliance that are being used more and more often. Aligners function similarly to braces, but they don’t have any wires and brackets. Plus, they’re nearly invisible. We may employ a variety of other removable appliances, and some of them, like removable retainers may be used in combination with braces. Removable retainers are often used to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their previous position after your braces are removed.
So, You Think You Need Orthodontics Treatment?
If you’re already a patient of Sierra Dental Health, and we think you would benefit from orthodontics treatment, we’ll bring it up at one of your routine appointments. If you think you need orthodontics treatment, but you’re not yet one of our patients, you can schedule an appointment online now. During your first visit, we’ll examine your mouth and make sure your dental health is in good shape. After that, we’ll go over your orthodontics options. We look forward to seeing you.