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Although most people think of teenagers when they think about braces, the face of the typical orthodontic patient is changing. Now, many adults can and do seek treatment for teeth misalignments and opt for braces to solve their issues. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of having. In fact, adults can benefit from braces in many ways. Here are just a few of the reasons more and more adults are choosing to get braces.
Better Oral Hygiene
Braces can definitely make your smile more aesthetically pleasing, but orthodontic treatment isn’t just about cosmetics. Tooth alignment issues can compromise your oral health. When teeth overlap, it is impossible to thoroughly clean the surface areas of all of your teeth. Overlaps also make it difficult to floss. If your teeth are widely spaced, you risk problems with gum disease, and in the long term, weakening of the jaw. Braces correct these issues so that your oral hygiene routine is more effective in helping you avoid dental health complications.
When you don’t feel good about your smile, your confidence suffers. You may shy away from meeting people and hang in the background in social situations. At work, you may feel uncomfortable about making presentations or networking because you’re thinking about your teeth. After treatment with braces, you’ll feel good about showing off your smile. In turn, you’ll approach your personal and professional interactions with more confidence.
Fewer Digestive Problems
One often-overlooked side effect of teeth misalignments is poor digestion. It is impossible to thoroughly chew food when your teeth aren’t in ideal positions, and as a result, gastrointestinal problems are possible. Getting braces can resolve this issue.
If you’re an adult interested in getting braces, you should know that metal brackets and wires aren’t your only option. Make an appointment with Robert D. Mitchell, D.D.S., M.S. to learn about your treatment choices, including invisible braces. Schedule an appointment at our Murrieta orthodontist office by calling (951) 813-2878.
Last updated 15 days ago
If braces can straighten your teeth, why must you wear a retainer after they are taken off? Orthodontists highly recommend that patients wear their retainers if they wish to keep their new smiles. Retainers are made to hold straightened teeth in place. The plastic and metal that make up these devices exert just enough pressure to prevent teeth from returning to their former positions. The risk of having your teeth shift in absence of wearing a retainer is high. Your teeth roots need time to acclimate to their new positions. It may take many years before the roots securely fuse with the surrounding bone and stabilize in their new placement. Retainers allow the teeth to adjust without regression. If you decide to forego your retainer treatment, you may one day require additional orthodontic care to address the unwanted shifting of your teeth.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of retainers? Then call Robert D. Mitchell D.D.S., M.S. today at (951) 813-2878. The staff at our Murrieta office can answer your questions and help you decide the type of orthodontics that is right for you.
Last updated 21 days ago
Many people who undergo orthodontic treatment do so because they want a better-looking smile. However, orthodontics can provide far more advantages than even teeth. Orthodontists often see a correlation between teeth misalignment and oral health problems. In some cases, severely crooked teeth may preclude a person’s ability to brush and floss as necessary to keep away tooth decay and gum disease. Crowded or gapped teeth may also lead to tooth enamel erosion, as they can rub against each other during the chewing process. Poorly aligned teeth can also contribute to TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, disorders.
TMJ disorders typically entail a problem with the jaw joint and its functionality. Under certain circumstances, a TMJ disorder can develop if a person suffers a cracked jaw that does not heal properly. He may also experience TMJ pain if he grinds his teeth at night, which puts undue pressure on the jaw joint. Severely misaligned teeth can produce TMJ discomfort as well. If a person’s teeth are so crowded, gapped, or bucked that he cannot talk or chew with ease, he may adjust his speech or eating behaviors to accommodate his needs. However, his actions may produce excessive stress on the jaw joint, which can then develop into a TMJ disorder.
Orthodontic Treatment Benefits
A person who has been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder due to misaligned teeth can find relief. An orthodontist can assess what teeth alignment changes are necessary and start treatment to bring the teeth into better placement. Once the upper and lower rows of teeth can fit together as needed when a person talks or eat, they will no longer exert the pressure they once did on the jaw joint. This change in teeth alignment can lessen or eliminate TMJ pain.
Robert D. Mitchell D.D.S., M.S. can alleviate your TMJ problems. If you live in the greater Menifee, Murrieta, or Temecula areas, call (951) 813-2878 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mitchell. Our customized orthodontic treatment plans can help you enjoy a more attractive and pain-free smile.
Last updated 28 days ago
Getting braces is only the first step toward enjoying a lifetime of beautifully straight teeth. Wearing a retainer is just as important for maintaining your smile.
This video discusses why retainer usage is essential after your braces come off. Though your teeth may look straight, they can shift at any time. The eruption of wisdom teeth commonly force teeth to crowd after they have already undergone braces. To prevent the need for a second round of brace treatment, orthodontists urge patients to be diligent with their retainer usage. This small device must be worn everyday to help keep teeth in place.
Robert D. Mitchell D.D.S., M.S. provides orthodontic treatment plans for children and adults in the greater Murrieta, Temecula, and Menifee communities. To set up an initial consultation, call (951) 813-2878.
Last updated 1 month ago
Does your child show signs of having crooked or gapped teeth? No matter if they are still in elementary school, it’s never too early to know if one day they might need orthodontics. As with a child’s first dentist appointment, an initial trip to see an orthodontist consists mainly of assessing your child’s current health to determine if any treatment is necessary. If your child is about to undergo their first orthodontic appointment, the following information highlights key aspects of their consultation.
Upon climbing into the orthodontist’s chair, your child may receive a visual evaluation of their teeth. The orthodontist may ask them to open their mouth so that he can get a clear look at current teeth placement. Your child might also need to open and close their mouth several times and simulate chewing actions to help determine how the teeth fit together when in action.
When deciding if your child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment, an orthodontist may need additional information about their teeth. As a result, he may have your child undergo x-ray screenings to view root placement and teeth hidden below the gum line. In some cases, an orthodontist may also want molds made of your child’s teeth. A tray filled with fast-hardening materials is first placed inside your child’s mouth. They then must bite down onto the tray as it solidifies around their upper teeth. The orthodontist then removes the mold and repeats the process for the lower teeth.
Treatment Plan Discussion
If an orthodontist determines that orthodontic treatment is integral to your child’s dental health, you might begin discussing options during their initial appointment. Advances in orthodontic equipment now allow orthodontists to provide several treatment options, including ceramic, metal, and self-litigating braces. Depending on your child’s specific orthodontic issues, your orthodontist may recommend a particular treatment plan for optimal results.
Has your child seen an orthodontist yet? To find out if braces are in their future, call Robert D. Mitchell D.D.S., M.S. in Murrieta at (951) 813-2878. We can assess your child’s orthodontic health to determine if braces can correct any evident misalignment issues.