A healthy, functional, and attractive smile requires teeth that are straight and jaws that are well aligned. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to correct the cosmetic and functional problems associated with teeth that are either overcrowded, have spaces between them, or that have shifted over time due to extractions, habits, or abnormal bite patterns. Orthodontics can also address skeletal discrepancies between the upper and lower jaws.
Orthodontic treatment can range from the minor movement of a few teeth to the alignment of an entire bite. It may also be used in some cases to align teeth both before and after the surgical correction of severe jaw discrepancies.
Orthodontics utilizes a selection of corrective appliances, including braces, clear aligners, and retainers, that apply incremental and controlled forces to move the teeth into proper position. These appliances are adjusted regularly throughout care. Once a malocclusion is corrected, and the teeth are completely aligned, retainers are often placed to help ensure that the result remains stable.
A well-aligned smile is more than just an attractive asset; straight teeth are also easier to keep clean and free of cavities and gum disease. While some corrections are minor and can be achieved in a few months, others can take a few years. Today, orthodontic treatment is not just for kids. Almost 27% of patients receiving orthodontic care are adults.
At the office of Precision Dental Care, Dr. Ochoa not only monitors the growth and development of your child’s smile, but she also assesses the jaw relationships, function, and occlusion of all of her adult patients to determine if orthodontic treatment is indicated. While she is not an orthodontist specialist, Dr. Ochoa is highly trained and experienced in several advanced and effective methods of orthodontic treatment and will advise patients of their best options in care.