Orthodontics

Why Are Braces Needed?

Research by the American Association of Orthodontists have uncovered the fact that up to 75% of Americans are suffering from some type of “malocclusion.” This is an “irregular contact of opposing teeth in upper and lower jaws.” Simply speaking, a “malocclusion” means crooked or misaligned teeth.

How Can Braces Help?

Orthodontists know how to use oral appliances to bring relief to the many patients who are dealing with crooked or misaligned teeth. The benefits of braces are listed below:

  • Realigned teeth can restore a beautiful smile.
  • Realigned teeth can aid a patient in proper chewing of his food.
  • Realigned teeth can provide protection for teeth from breaking or cracking.
  • Realigned teeth can help preserve the bone structure of the mouth.
  • Realigned teeth can help a patient conduct better oral hygiene. Bacteria finds many hidden crevices for hiding when teeth are misaligned. The hiding bacterium gains a foothold and decay sets in. It is much simpler to clean straight teeth.

What Options Are There?

Braces are the primary method used by orthodontists. They are quite effective in straightening teeth. There are few options to consider if you need braces:

  • Traditional wire braces are the most commonly used appliance. This method makes use of wire and brackets to align crooked teeth.
  • Ceramic braces have been growing in popularity. While functioning in the same manner as wire braces, they are not made of metal. They can be custom-made in a color that matches your teeth. Some customers wear ceramic braces that are transparent and nearly completely invisible to casual observation.
  • Lingual braces work like traditional braces, but they cannot be seen because they are applied to the back of the teeth. They are not only aesthetically desirable, they are also very practical for patients who may play a wind instrument or who may be involved in contact sports.

Dr. Dempsey and his staff are pleased to help you enjoy the benefits that accompany straight teeth. Please call the office and find out what options may be available for you.