Orthodontics is an area of dentistry dedicated to treating teeth position caused by dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatment helps improve the functionality and aesthetics of the mouth and face.

What a difference straight teeth can make! A beautiful smile can boost self-confidence and have a positive impact on social and professional opportunities. Everyone should take advantage of orthodontic care treatment. Orthodontics is the original smile makeover tool.

Orthodontics isn't all about looks and straighter teeth. Properly aligned teeth help to bite, chew and speak more effectively. Straightened teeth are easier to clean, which helps keep your mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease for better oral health.

The amazing thing about orthodontics is that it harnesses the body's natural ability to remodel tissue. With light, constant force, orthodontic appliances gently reshape bone and move teeth into better positions.


Can bite problems be corrected with orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment can resolve several bite problems, which often become evident by around age 7. These include:

  • Crowding: the teeth are misaligned and mounted on each other. Crowding makes dental hygiene difficult and can affect the health of teeth and gums.
  • Overjet or protrusion: the upper teeth are far ahead of the lower incessives. Usually, it occurs from prolonged use of the pacifier and sucking the thumb.
  • Spacing between teeth: due to a missing tooth or having a sizable dental arch.
  • Open Bite: a gap between the upper and lower incisors when the mouth is closed.
  • Overbite or deep bite: when closing the mouth, the upper teeth excessively cover the lower teeth, leaving them hidden.
  • Crossbite: the upper incisors fit inwards, behind the lower incisors when biting. It can occur both because the teeth are tilted inward, as well as jaw problems.

In order to correct bite problems, the teeth need to be moved in the mouth. Straightening your teeth isn't as difficult as you might think. Teeth are not fixed rigidly in their supporting bone; instead, they're held in place by a periodontal ligament (a hammock-like structure), which is very responsive to forces placed on the teeth.

Orthodontics move teeth by light, constant pressure. This force is applied via metal wires that run through small brackets attached to the teeth (braces) or semi-rigid plastic in clear aligners.


What Is the Best Age to Start Orthodontics?

Palatal Expander

Having orthodontic treatment in childhood is ideal for taking advantage of a kid's natural growing process to help move the teeth into alignment.

Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws change rapidly at a young age. Shifting the mouth structure between the ages of 7-9 makes it much easier to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth. For example, it is not abnormal to find maxillary or mandibular bone issues in children. Using a "palatal expander" to widen the upper jaw rapidly can resolve early problems and shorten the overall orthodontic treatment time later in life.

An orthodontist can move crooked teeth at any age, so you've never too late for orthodontic treatment. Today, about one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Several new technological developments, including tooth-colored ceramic braces, clear aligners, and invisible braces, have made orthodontic appliances less obvious and enhance the treatment experience for grown-ups.

Before treatment, an orthodontist carefully examines teeth searching for periodontal disease signs that need to be brought under control before treatment begins.


What are my options in Orthodontics?

When you imagine someone wearing braces, you most likely picture small metal brackets attached to the teeth' front, with a thin wire running through them. This time-tested style remains very popular, but it's no longer the only option. Depending on the type of oral issue that needs to be treated, the orthodontist will recommend one kind of treatment or another.

  • Traditional braces are the most common with metal brackets.
  • Clear braces have brackets made of plastic or ceramic, which are hardly visible, save it be for the slim wire running through them.
  • Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces, except they are attached to the back of your teeth so that no one can see them.
  • Removable clear aligners are an alternative to fixed orthodontic braces. They are a series of clear plastic "trays" that fit your unique teeth; each tray moves your teeth a little bit until they are finally in the proper position.

Whether fixed or removable, each type of orthodontics may have advantages or disadvantages in particular situations. After a complete examination, your orthodontist will discuss the best treatment options for your unique smile.

Retention & Why do braces take two years?

Braces usually average two years for the bone to reform. If not formed, teeth risk becoming loose and can even fall out. For this reason, treatment with braces can last two years or even longer? It can take up to ten months for the new bone tissue to solidify.

But there is no straight answer for why braces average two years. Several factors like age, type of problem, and treatment will affect the duration. For instance, patients with severe issues like jaw misalignment should wear braces for a longer time than patients with minor problems.

After a thorough examination, your orthodontists will inform you of the period you are required to have your braces on. The orthodontist will help you understand the procedure and provide you with information on the changes you will need to make.

Is retention necessary after orthodontics?

Retention is the essential final phase in your orthodontic treatment journey. Once braces have been removed, you'll enter the retention phase. This phase is crucial, and retainers should be worn as directed.

Teeth naturally tend to drift back to their original locations, which is the last thing you want after you've gone to the trouble and time of straightening them!

Wearing your retainer holds your teeth to their new position long enough for new bone and ligaments to form around them and help keep your gorgeous new smile looking good for a lifetime.

Why Is Orthodontic Treatment Important?

  • Orthodontic work improves not only our dental health but also our self-esteem.
  • Dental crowding makes hygiene difficult. Consequently, poor hygiene can lead to future tooth and gum problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Poor dental alignment can result in improper chewing. In uneven wear of the teeth or poor jaw placement, it can lead to headaches or pain in the face and neck.
  • Crooked and poorly positioned teeth can lead to low self-esteem. With what orthodontic treatment can help improve the smile, well-being, and self-esteem.

Where can I find Orthodontics near me?

Orthodontics at Crawfordsville Hometown Dental has been providing beautiful smiles throughout Crawfordsville, Indiana, for several years. We value our patient relationships at our office, making it our priority to deliver the gentle, compassionate care you deserve for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

Your smile is the greatest asset you have and says a lot about your overall health. Our caring staff welcomes you from the moment you walk in the door. We want you and your family to feel comfortable and relaxed in our stress-free environment.

Give us a call, and we can discuss the cost of orthodontics and our unique payment plans. Don't put off dental care because you don't have an insurance plan.

Here at Crawfordsville Hometown Dental, we believe that every patient has a right to a lifetime of good oral health. We are committed to providing the finest dental care with first-class customer service at an excellent value. Ask about our Flex Smile Club!

Let us care for your entire family! We look forward to meeting you.