Orthodontics is defined as a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning of teeth when the mouth is closed, which often results in a improper bite.
Although it may seem strange to undergo treatment at an older age, trust that you are not alone. Many U.S. adults are undergoing treatment for a range of reasons, including a lack of treatment as a child or to remedy an issue that has become more apparent over time.
Questions about Orthodontic Care
If you are thinking about undergoing treatment, you most likely have some questions about the process, what may change or how you can get a jumpstart. Keep the following questions in mind when scheduling your appointment:
Am I too old for treatment?
No, you are never too old to make improvements in your life or change the way something has always been. Braces are often seen as a form of treatment for children, but they are just as available and great for adults too. Before being fitted with braces, your medical history and ultimate desires will be discussed, which will help decide if you are a good candidate or not.
What are some common bite issues that I may have and not even know?
As each patient has a different mouth, they will all have different issues. Some of the most common types of bite that must be corrected include:
- Cross bite: This occurs when the upper teeth are biting inside the lower teeth, often a result of a narrow upper jaw, mismatched jaw size or positioning in general.
- Open bite: An open bite occurs when the upper front teeth cannot meet or overlap the lower front teeth, despite the back teeth closing together. This is most often caused by the overdevelopment of the back portion of the jaw.
- Overbite: This “bucktoothed” appearance is caused by a receding chin, positioning the lower front teeth too far behind the upper front teeth.
- Underbite: An underbite is caused by the lower teeth being positioned in front of the upper front teeth.
Can I be fitted for braces just on the top or bottom of my teeth?
Being fitted on either the top or the bottom with braces completely depends on patients, their needs and their health history. Although orthodontics is often seen as just a way to obtain a straight smile or fix crooked teeth, the whole mouth is taken into account before decisions are made. Some of the many factors Dr. Tanya Vaysman will take into account include: how the top and bottom teeth meet each other, chewing, issues with the tongue and whether any additional appliances will also be necessary.
There are many different forms of treatment available at Upper Eastside Orthodontists including lingual braces, clear braces such as Invisalign, and metal braces. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.