Orthodontics: Straighter Teeth for Both Kids and Adults Hillsboro, OR
Intro to Orthodontics
When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what do you think of? Chances are, you are probably thinking about braces that straighten your teeth. However, orthodontics is a whole lot more than that. Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that involves setting your teeth and your jaw back in proper position. At Century Dental, we specialize in fixing all orthodontic issues with your teeth, providing you with a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth.
Why Do I Need Orthodontics?
When your teeth and jaw are misaligned, you are at risk for several dental issues. First of all, improperly aligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean, leaving you susceptible to facing tooth decay and gum disease, and possibly even tooth loss. Your teeth may wear unevenly. Your jaw faces unnecessary stress, which can lead to TMJ problems. You may even experience issues you don’t think would even be associated with your teeth or jaw, including headaches, earaches, and pain in your neck, shoulders, and back. Orthodontics can fix your misaligned teeth and jaw, giving you a beautiful smile and alleviating many of your oral, and other, health issues.
The Importance of a Proper Bite
Your bite is quite crucial. Not only is your smile affected, but so too is your oral, and overall, health. An improper bite affects your ability to speak properly and therefore makes it difficult for others to understand you. It also makes chewing a chore. You may not be able to chew properly, which means that your digestion will be affected and your nutrition may suffer. When we fix your orthodontic troubles, your smile will be restored, and eating and speaking will become a much simpler task.
We can help to fix a variety of orthodontic issues, including such problems as:
Overbites, where your upper jaw sticks out significantly over your lower
Underbites, where your lower jaw juts out over your upper jaw
Crossbites, where your upper teeth do not sit slightly in front of your lower teeth when you bite down
Gaps between your teeth
Some other orthodontics problems include:
Baby teeth that have been lost too early or too late
Fixing Your Orthodontic Issues
What are Dental Braces?
Braces are one of the most commonly used fixed appliances, utilizing brackets, wires and bands to guide your teeth and jaw to where they need to be. However, orthodontics is more than just braces, and we utilize different appliances to help properly align your teeth and jaw. Depending upon your specific needs, we may decide to use fixed or removable space maintainers, aligners, retainers, repositioning appliances, or headgear.
Orthodontics for Both Kids and Adults
Orthodontic treatment is commonly associated with the younger age group, often early teenagers who have just finished getting their adult teeth. However, in truth, orthodontics can be successful for anyone of any age. For example, more and more adults are enjoying the benefits of Invisalign® to straighten their teeth without traditional metal braces. Depending upon your age and oral health issues, we can choose the service that best suits your unique needs, providing you with the best possible results.
Click here to see before and after photos of our orthodontic patients. To schedule an appointment, please call our Hillsboro office at (971) 708-1608 today.
Call for an Appointment: (971) 708-1608 2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97123