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A smiling face is a happy face. However, many people shy away from expressing their happiness through their smiles because of teeth problems.

Crooked teeth, missing teeth, discolored teeth and other such problems can restrict a person from smiling wholeheartedly, which can impact them in a negative way.

In fact, many surveys say that about 75% of adults think a person’s career can be affected if they have an unattractive smile. About 8 out of 10 people also believe that having a poor smile can make them less attractive before the opposite sex.

So, from these stats, it can be concluded that a smile is one of the most important physical features we have and by no means we should compromise on it.

Here’s where orthodontistry comes to the rescue. Orthodontists are professionals who can correct teeth related issues and help in restoring a smile and giving you an attractive look.

Orthodontistry involves several treatments that can correct different teeth problems. Some of them involve getting braces but you might also have to undergo surgeries in some cases. However, a surgery is the last resort and is only used when all other options fail to correct a problem which is only in rare cases. Moreover, most such surgeries are minimally invasive.

Mostly, teeth problems are corrected using a suitable kind of brace suggested by our dentist. Moreover, orthodontists do not only help improve your smile but can also solve other issues such as teeth grinding, overbites and underbites.

So, if you have such problems, you need to visit an orthodontist today. We at Avon Dental Round Lake house experienced orthodontists who can provide you with reliable dental services in Illinois.

Our dentists take great pride in restoring aesthetics of our patients and bring back the dental comfort that they have lost.

Problems Associated With Dental Issues

There was a time when we had no option but to live with imperfections, but today thanks to the improvements in technology, most teeth issues can be resolved.

While some minor issues can be treated in months, some can take a few years, but it is still worth a try since the benefits are long-term.

Let’s get to know some of the common problems an orthodontist like Dr. Caplin can treat.

Malocclusion

Malocclusion is a condition in which the upper and lower jaws don’t align when the mouth is closed. It is usually due to overcrowded or misaligned teeth.

This dental issue causes a number of problems including overbites, underbites, teeth grinding and also a poor smile.

Moreover, tooth decay and various forms of gum diseases can also accompany in this condition because food can easily accumulate in the mouth when teeth have gaps between them. This makes it easier for bacteria to attack the teeth and cause tooth decay and gum diseases.

One common type of gum disease is the periodontitis. It not only affects dental health butcardiovascular health as well. It can lead to gum infections that are very painful.

Moreover, the risk of peripheral vascular diseases, diabetes, migraine and stroke also increases when you suffer from periodontitis.

Malocclusion can cause a number of other problems too such as TMJ (jaw joint pain), TMD (pain in the muscles, difficulty in chewing and fatigue), while promoting tooth fracture, gum recession.

Similarly all kinds of dental problems that involve misalignment, crookedness, bite problems and aesthetics problems are treated by orthodontists by recommending the right treatment.

Common Problems tot Malocclusion:

  • Overbite, also known as “buck teeth”, is a condition in which the upper teeth stick out over the lower teeth.
  • Underbite is a condition in which the upper teeth are too far backward or the lower teeth are too far forward.
  • Crossbite is a condition that can make biting troublesome. In this condition the upper teeth do not come down in the right position when you bite.
  • Open bite is a condition when there is an open space between teeth when you bite. This can cause food to get stuck between your teeth.
  • Crowding is a condition in which your mouth is overcrowded due to there being too many teeth.
  • Gaps or spaces are there when you have missing teeth or the teeth do not properly fill your mouth.
  • Misplaced midline is a condition in which the center of your lower front teeth does not properly line up with the center of your upper teeth.

If you have any of these problems then you might be a candidate for orthodontics treatments. Our dentist will diagnose you to see if you can benefit from any of the treatment options.

The diagnosis would include a look at your complete medical history, an exam of your teeth, x-rays and digital photographs, and specifically drafted models of your teeth.

Treatment Options For Misaligned, Crooked And Poor Looking Teeth

The field of orthodontistry offers ideal treatment options for such cases. Mainly, these are treated with different devices with braces being the most common ones.

All these appliance work in a similar fashion – that is by applying pressure on the jaws and teeth. The right appliance depends on the prevailing condition and its severity.

The appliances used can basically be divided into two types, fixed appliances and removable appliances. Let’s get to know ‘em all.

1. Fixed Appliances

As the name suggests, fixed appliances are basically appliances that are fitted for a specific period of time and cannot be removed. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular fixed dental appliances:

a. Braces

Braces are undoubtedly the most commonly used physical dental appliances out there. They consist of wires, bands and brackets. The bands are fixed around the teeth to work as anchors while the brackets are usually bonded to the tooth.

There are also arch wires that pass through the brackets and get attached to the bands. These arch wires are tightened to put pressure on the teeth, which helps change their position and eventually brings them to the right position.

The procedure to get braces is simple and painless, but you might feel slight irritation due to them being inside your mouth. Moreover, you might be asked to visit every few weeks to get the arch wires adjusted based on the changes in your mouth.

They can take a few months to a few years to work, but the results are usually good with a high success rate. While they are common among children, about 25% of all braces in the US are worn by adults, which means it is never too late to go for such treatment, especially since some dental problems may become apparent only in adulthood.

B. Fixed Space Maintainers

This devices is used to fill empty tooth space when a baby tooth gets lost prematurely. This is important because if the space is left empty then other teeth may grow incorrectly. The maintainer is placed until a new adult tooth appears, after which the maintainer is removed.

C. Special Fixed Appliances

These are used to control issues such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking and work by being attached to the teeth with the help of bands. However, they can be very irritating to wear hence should only be used if there is no other option.

2. Removable Appliances

Removable appliances are more common and popular than fixed appliances due to the ease that they offer. You can take them off to brush, eat etc, which makes them a lot easier to wear.

Let’s have a look at some of the most common removable appliances used in dentistry today:

A) Aligners

Aligners are basically removable braces. They are being used extensively due to their benefits as they do not include brackets and metal wires, which makes them also less visible. The most common aligners are Invisaligns that are basically invisible braces.

They do the same job as braces, but might not be suitable for very complex cases. Our dentist can examine you to see if aligners will work in your case.

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