Millions of American adults, teenager, and children are currently undergoing some sort of orthodontic procedure, whether to correct crowding, spacing, or an irregular bite pattern, as well overbite and underbite treatments. But millions more Americans wonder if they need treatment. Here is a quick rundown of braces, their cost, and some of the latest advancements that may make the decision easier to make.
Braces are any orthodontic appliance that is designed to correct misaligned teeth. This is most commonly accomplished by attaching small brackets to the surface of the teeth and connecting them with wire. The wires are periodically and minutely adjusted, to slowly guide the teeth into a proper, efficient bite pattern. The brackets can be attached to the front surface (traditional metal brace Continue reading →
At any given time, anywhere between five and twelve percent of the population is affected by temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMJ disorder). This is an inflammation of the one or both of the joints connecting the jawbone to the skull. It is characterized by “popping” or “clicking” sounds when opening and closing the mouth, and may or may not be painful.
The exact causes of TMJ disorder are not clearly known. The condition is often accompanied by bruxism (grinding the teeth while sleeping), but scientists are unsure which is the cause and which is the symptom. Many people incorrectly associate TMJ disorder with ear pain, since the TMJ itself is located directly in front of the ear. As a result, many sufferers mistakenly see an audiologist before a neuromuscular specialist. Continue reading →
Many people think of orthodontics as a dental practice for kids with crooked teeth, but orthodontics was actually the first recognized specialty within dentistry and almost 30% of all orthodontics patients are actually adults seeking treatment. A cosmetic dentist can help adults get treatment for all kinds of visual issues with their teeth. More than half of cosmetic dentistry patients are actually middle aged adults, so many orthodontics procedures are actually more used by adults than children.
If you are an adult with crooked teeth that you just never had treatment for as a child, there are new technologies to help you, like Invisalign. Many adults that did not have braces when they were younger feel self conscious about getting braces to straighten their teeth when they are older and are afraid of Continue reading →