Colorado Laser Dentistry dental office aims to identify jaw and tooth alignment issues early so that corrective orthodontic methods can be used before the issue becomes more invasive. We are often able to use appliances like braces, retainers, aligners, rubber bands and headgears to address alignment issues in children and teenagers, setting them up with a beautiful smile for a lifetime. We also offer orthodontic measures for adults who need jaw and tooth alignment.
There are a number of reasons why orthodontic treatments are needed. Teeth that are crooked, crowded, or overlapping can cause a bad bite, leading to many problems:
These issues may be diagnosed using several techniques: x-rays, photographs, and bite casting. Once Dr. Harrison has determined that there is a clear issue—whether it effects a patient’s future dental health or just his or her comfort level or confidence—it should usually be addressed as soon as possible. There are several orthodontic methods that may be used.
The three most common appliances used to correct bite issues are braces, elastics, and headgear.
Braces provide the greatest level of control over tooth alignment. Ceramic or metal brackets are glued to each tooth and then forced into place by the tension from a wire attached to each bracket. The tension has to be adjusted every few weeks in order for braces to be effective.
Elastics, or rubber bands, are used to align the upper and lower jaw. Wearing the elastics correctly is important for the desired correction to succeed.
Headgear may become necessary when extra tension is needed to move teeth into the correct position. Headgear is attached to the braces with elastics and is usually worn at night to avoid discomfort and embarrassment.
As with most treatment plans, there are some risks associated with orthodontics. These include poor hygiene, relapse, and soft tissue injury. We provide our orthodontic patients with various strategies to combat these risks, though, including brushing and flossing techniques and mouth guards.
The dental offices of Colorado Springs based Colorado Laser Dentistry provide orthodontic and other oral health services for your convenience. Please explore our website to learn more!
The team at Colorado Laser Dentistry is committed to helping you and your family have a great smile and a healthy mouth. To find out more about the many services we offer, including our orthodontic treatments, give us a call today at (719) 528-6222.