Straight Talk About Braces
While orthodontic treatment is excellent at aligning teeth for a straight, beautiful smile, many people do not know that it can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including sleep apnea and TMJ disorder. Braces are a common treatment for children as their teeth, jaw and bones grow, but many adults choose orthodontics to correct their bite as well. Our traditional braces offer time-tested techniques with predictable outcomes to give you a beautiful smile or correct oral concerns.
Proper Care for Braces Minimizes Treatment Time
Some people consider braces to be unsightly, but with proper care, treatment time can be minimal. One of the biggest causes of an extended treatment time is when the brackets break off the tooth. This is usually caused by eating the wrong foods or chewing gum. Broken brackets need to be repaired and reattached to the tooth in order to shift the tooth to its ideal location, which requires another visit to the dentist’s office. To prevent this, we recommend avoiding biting into hard foods like apples and chewy foods like taffy or bread. Another important reminder is to spend extra time when brushing and flossing your teeth to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the hard to reach locations around the brackets. For those who want to avoid metal brackets, we offer Invisalign® clear orthodontics, which utilize removable aligners for improved eating and oral hygiene.
Braces to Correct TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea Concerns
If you suffer from TMJ disorder, you may experience pain in your jaw, frequent headaches or facial soreness. A common cause of TMJ disorder is an improper or misaligned bite, which can be corrected with orthodontic treatment. By aligning your teeth and improving the relationship of your bite, TMJ pain can be diminished or prevented. Some cases of sleep apnea can also be caused by an improper jaw alignment, which causes the airway to become blocked. Orthodontics can adjust the jaw to unblock the airway and allow for improved breathing while sleeping.
You Deserve to Smile Confidently
Our team of doctors at The Smile Centre want to help you achieve your best, and healthiest, smile yet! Properly aligned teeth not only look more attractive when you smile, but they are easier to clean and improve oral functionality. Several of our doctors are members of orthodontic organizations like the International Association of Orthodontics (IAO) and the American Academy for Functional Orthodontics, in order to keep up with the latest trends and techniques in the field. By seeking orthodontic care from our experienced team, you are taking a positive step for a more confident and healthy life!