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What does Orthodontics Mean?

If you are considering braces, you’ve probably heard of the term orthodontics. But, do you really know what orthodontics means or how it can help improve your health and self-esteem? Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning of teeth when the mouth is closed (malocclusion), which results in an improper bite. More importantly, orthodontics can be used to straighten an imperfect smile, and rebuild your confidence in the way your teeth look.

The word orthodontics comes from the Greek word “orthos” meaning “straight, perfect or proper,” and “dontos” which means “teeth.” When you visit Upper Eastside Orthodontists, award-winning professional Dr. Vaysman and her experienced team will help you correct issues with your teeth so you can achieve the smile that you’ve always dreamed of.

What can orthodontic treatment do for you?

Orthodontic treatment will provide you with benefits that are more than just cosmetic in nature. By applying dental devices like braces and various types of head gears, orthodontists can help adjust your bite, straighten your teeth and even help you speak more clearly. Through their work, orthodontists can:

  • Correct an improper bite
  • Ensure the top of your teeth are aligned
  • Help close spaces between teeth
  • Improve eating and speaking functions
  • Reduce the possibility of long-term wear and tear on your teeth
  • Straighten teeth that are out of place.

How can malocclusions affect your children?

Bad teeth can take a toll on your children’s confidence. Occasionally, bad habits formed during childhood can also contribute to your child’s malocclusions. For example, a behavior as innocent as thumb sucking can cause a change in the teeth and nearby bone, resulting in bite misalignment. Sports accidents that result in trauma to the face and jaw can also be responsible for crooked teeth and can negatively impact a bite.

You should keep in mind that just because your son or daughter has a bite that isn’t as perfect as it could be, this doesn’t mean that any damage as a result of the position of your teeth is irreversible. Upper Eastside Orthodontists have been able to correct many malocclusions to restore the smiles of both children and adults.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Although you’ll get a better idea of what type of treatment you may require during your first appointment at Upper Eastside Orthodontists, you may benefit from orthodontic treatment if you have:

  • An overbite, also known as a deep bite
  • An underbite, which often gives people a “bulldog” appearance
  • Impacted teeth, which occur when the teeth that come in are not in the right position
  • Front teeth that protrude
  • Teeth that are crowded
  • Too much space in between each tooth.

Of course, these conditions are only examples of why people may need orthodontic treatment. For a more comprehensive and thorough evaluation, you should seek the professional opinion of an orthodontist.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment at Upper Eastside Orthodontists has never been easier. To learn more about orthodontics and how you can benefit from such treatment, call 1-888-378-2976. You can also make an appointment online by clicking here.