Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. When left untreated, these issues can lead to a variety of problems, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders, and pain in the jaw muscles. To address these issues, orthodontists use a variety of treatments, including traditional metal braces. Traditional braces are made up of brackets, wires, and bands that are tightened over time to straighten the teeth.
For those who don't want their braces to be noticeable, there are light-colored ceramic braces available. Orthodontic appliances may also be used to correct overbites, underbites, overcrowded teeth, and gaps. At H2O Orthodontics, we recommend lip and cheek protectors for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. This helps keep the lips and cheeks away from the teeth and reduces any discomfort or pain.
We also offer fun light-colored bands for our younger patients. Advances in technology have provided orthodontists with many treatment options for correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. After treatment is complete, there is a tendency for teeth to return to their pre-treatment positions. To prevent this from happening, orthodontists use headdresses, plates, and braces.
In some cases, an orthodontic harness may be used to help alter the alignment of the jaw. For growing patients, functional appliances, orthodontic headdresses, or a face mask with reverse traction may be used to promote or restrict growth. Children with cleft lips and cleft palates may need orthodontic treatment before their permanent teeth have fully developed. At H2O Orthodontics near Midtown Kansas City, we want to make sure you get the best orthodontic treatment with braces.
Finding the most appropriate treatment plan is the first step towards achieving a perfect smile. We use fixed and removable dental devices such as braces, retainers, and bands to change the position of the teeth in the mouth. In some cases, an extraoral appliance may be used to help correct malocclusion when less invasive treatments have not been successful. Jaw surgery may also be necessary if you have finished growing and other treatments have not been successful.
Most orthodontic treatments involve fixed appliances that are adhered to the teeth with adhesive. In some cases, a permanent fixed aligner may be used on the lower front teeth while a clear plastic aligner is placed throughout the lower arch.