Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with improperly aligned teeth and jawbones. Many people associate orthodontic treatment with wanting a more beautiful smile. But orthodontic treatment is also used to improve dental health and enhance quality of life. Orthodontic problems can be caused by both environmental factors and genetics, and we will need to do a thorough orthodontic evaluation before putting together a treatment plan with you.
If you leave orthodontic problems untreated, they can lead to other serious jaw and teeth issues. This is because misaligned teeth are harder to keep clean and healthy. This puts you at a higher risk of gum disease, tooth decay, dental cavities, and even tooth loss. Misaligned teeth can also add stress to the muscles that help you chew your food. These stressed muscles may lead to headaches, and back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Not only will a straight, beautiful smile boost your self-esteem, but it will also improve your oral health. Additionally, orthodontic treatment can help your children to bite and chew food correctly, and speak more clearly. All of these things can help boost a child’s confidence, which is an important part of his or her social and professional life.
Orthodontic appliances reshape the bone and move the teeth into the correct positions. They do this with the application of gentle but consistent force. Orthodontic treatments can include traditional metal braces, clear or tooth-colored braces, and retainers.
To learn more about how orthodontic treatment can improve your child’s life and oral health, or to learn which type of braces would be right for your child’s circumstances, please contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry. We provide orthodontic treatment to patients in Greensboro, Summerfield, and Oak Ridge; as well as the children living within neighborhoods like New & Old Irving Park, Forest Valley, Friendly Acres, and more.