Importance of Orthodontics
In much the same way as doctors choose to specialize in areas such as cardiology or neurology, dentists also can choose to specialize. Orthodontics is a dental specialty which aims to prevent, diagnose and treat facial and dental irregularities, such as malocclusions (bad bites).
Orthodontists are fully-qualified dentists who embark on a further three years of specialized university education and gain clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) is the regulating body for this branch of dentistry. Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of this organization adds the assurance that treatment is being administered by an individual with specialty education in oral biology and biomechanics.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of straighter teeth, an improved bite, and boosted self-image. While having a smile you love is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints, leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.
At Braces for Smiling Faces, we specialize in all types of orthodontic treatments for children and adults. Our approach is minimally invasive and we work with patients to find the most appropriate and affordable option. Serving Fremont, Big Rapids and the surrounding communities, we are dedicated to providing exceptional orthodontic care in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Ready to take the next step toward your most healthy, beautiful smile? Please give us a call today.