At Nevada Dentistry and Braces, we provide a variety of orthodontic treatments in the Las Vegas area. The orthodontic appliances that we use for our patients’ can vary greatly. Each appliance can be constructed of ceramics, plastic, or traditional metal that are bonded to your teeth. However, some options, such as Invisalign, are removable.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of straightening teeth so that an individual can more easily bite, speak, and chew. This is the process of diagnosing, treating, and preventing structural issues in the face and teeth like overbite and underbite.
With straight teeth, you can smile brighter, eat without pain or tooth damage, and even speak clearly. Orthodontic treatments can significantly improve your life and make your day-to-day much easier.
Benefits Of Orthodontic Treatment
There’s another aspect of having straight teeth that’s a major benefit: confidence! Our appearance is intrinsically linked to our self-esteem. When we have a beautiful, straight smile, our self-esteem, our self-image, and self-confidence are greatly enhanced. These are important at all ages, but these traits are also essential when we are growing up.
There are many other wonderful benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatment.
- A Straight, Beautiful Smile
- Better Oral Health
- Relief From TMJ
- Correcting Overbite & Underbite
- Reduce Mouth Crowding
Straighter Teeth For Dental Health
In addition to its life-improving effects, having your teeth aligned and straightened can also help you ward off the effects of tooth decay, injury, and gum disease. This is because straighter teeth collect less plaque which is the cause of gum disease and tooth decay. Plaque is typically a thin film that coats the teeth and causes damage to the enamel.
Average Duration of Orthodontic Treatments
The duration of traditional orthodontic treatment can vary, but typically, you can expect to have your orthodontics from 1-3 years. This will be greatly dependent on the growth of the teeth in the patient’s mouth, the growth of the face, and the severity of the dental problem.
Children and adult patients have different rates of tooth movement. As a result of this, the time needed for orthodontic treatments is going to vary on a case-by-case basis.
What’s the Best Age for Orthodontics?
Effectively, there is no “perfect” age for orthodontic treatments, but problems are easier to treat and correct at earlier ages. This is because jaw growth tends to slow around age seven when the first permanent molars and incisors have started to come in. If caught at an early stage, most orthodontic patients can avoid extensive surgery and complications.
Adult Orthodontic Treatment
While it’s great for a child to receive early orthodontic treatment, adults braces are always a good option when needed. As a matter of fact, more than 20 percent of new orthodontic cases in the United States are adults. Additionally, there are adult-friendly treatments that can ensure a quick turnaround without much in the way of professional inconvenience.
While there are stigmas about braces, especially in our younger patients, this is still a great time to have them. Traditional metal braces are smaller, can come in a wide variety of nearly invisible materials, and can even be placed behind the teeth. Even the wires that hold the braces are less noticeable than in years past. Patients can even add a bit of personality to their braces by using colored bands for their brackets.
Invisalign is a relatively new treatment that has been gaining a lot of popularity, especially among professionals and teenagers. The chief benefit of this orthodontic treatment is that the plastic inserts are molded to your teeth so that they can straighten over time. Additionally, the inserts are also almost completely invisible due to their transparency. This means that you can have them in, and no one would know that you are receiving orthodontic treatment. The final chief benefit of these is their ability to be quickly removed when you want to eat.
For those who want to have a smaller orthodontic profile, clear braces are an excellent option. Clear braces are very similar to metal braces; however, their color is similar to your teeth, but they may also have clear brackets. That’s why clear braces are less noticeable than traditional braces.
Meet Your New Orthodontist In Las Vegas
Find out more about orthodontic treatments and what will work for you and your lifestyle. Contact Nevada Dentistry & Braces to schedule a consultation today.