Do I Need Braces?
By AT Dental, PC
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

Do you or a loved one need braces? You may if your teeth don't feel, function or look as they should. Healthy smiles are well-aligned, lack bracesgaps and crowding and are easy to keep clean. Additionally, many people need orthodontic correction simply because they are embarrassed about the appearance of their teeth. At AT Dental, Dr. Tu Nguyen and his team provide state-of-the-art orthodontics in Lawrenceville, GA. They treat patients as individuals and smiles as valuable assets to personal health, confidence and well-being.

What qualifies someone for braces?

If your teeth are basically healthy, but your dentist on examination and X-ray observes poor bite, misalignments or other functional and aesthetic issues, you could be a candidate for braces. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists urges parents to seek an orthodontic evaluation for their children by age seven when teeth and jaws are most responsive to correction.

However, age needn't be a determining factor. People of all ages wear all kinds of orthodontic appliances--from space maintainers to palatal expanders to clear aligners and traditional metal and ceramic braces. If you as an adult or older teen are highly motivated to achieve your best possible smile, you likely will do well with braces.

Problems addressed by braces

Many factors play a role in a healthy, attractive smile. Tooth alignment is one of them. Another is occlusion, or how your teeth come together when you bite. Additionally, the size of your teeth and configuration of your upper and lower jaws are important.

So when one or more of these issues is out of normal range, you likely have an orthodontic problem. The types of problems Dr. Nguyen sees and treats are:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Tooth tipping
  • Tooth rotation
  • Orthodontic relapse

The last problem--orthodontic relapse--occurs when teeth shift back into their previous positions after braces are removed. A frustrating problem for adults, relapse is best countered with retreatment and retention with a removable or bonded-on splint afterward.

What kinds of braces are available in Lawrenceville?

Dr. Nguyen can tell you what method of correction would work best for you. Metal or ceramic arch wires and brackets work well for complicated problems. For mild to moderate issues, AT Dental features Invisalign clear aligners, a discreet way to a new smile. They come in customized pairs and gradually move teeth into better-looking and more attractive positions. Invisalign aligners are basically invisible and fully removable for meals, brushing and flossing.

Don't wonder: find out

Contact AT Dental today for your orthodontic consultation. Your dentist will tell you if you need braces and what treatment option would create your optimal smile. Call the staff at (770) 277-0774.

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