Orthodontics is a dentistry option that focuses on straightening misaligned teeth and balancing improper bites. The term “orthodontics” is derived from the Greek words “orthos” (straight or proper) and “odous” (tooth). Orthodontics relies on braces and other dental devices to correct malocclusions.
Malocclusions occur because of crooked teeth, jaw irregularities, and facial imbalances, and are usually corrected with orthodontic devices. Braces may include wires and brackets bonded to the front of teeth, a series of plastic aligners, or lingual, which are placed on the back of teeth. If your jaw-related issues are being adjusted then other dental appliances, such as headgear or retainers, may be utilized.
Sometimes children may need preventive orthodontics to align incoming teeth and regulate the growth of the jaw. Early treatment of potential orthodontic problems can gain space for permanent teeth, avoid extractions, reduce chances for impacted teeth, eliminate thumb-sucking, and correct speech issues.
At My Family Dental Centers, our dentists can assess your or your child’s teeth for evidence of crossbites, crowding, or other dental problems. We have dentists who can take care of the orthodontic needs of both children and adults. Our caring dental professionals will give you a thorough orthodontic exam and create a treatment plan that’s friendly to your time and your budget.
Arizona families who live in or near the Valley can find orthodontic solutions through My Family Dental Centers. Find your new dentist today!