Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
By Dentistry for Midtown
July 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Understanding your orthodontic needs may turn into a complicated issue. That's why Dr. Laura Koch, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. orthodonticsSunny Patel can break it down for you and make the process a pleasant one for you and your loved ones, just drop by their Atlanta, GA, office.

Here's some information about orthodontics in the meantime:

What are braces?

Orthodontics helps people deal with jaw and teeth alignment. Braces are the oral appliances meant to fix these problems; they help to repair the position and orientation of your teeth by applying pressure on the teeth that need to be adjusted.

Braces are usually used for children between the ages of 7 and 14. They are good candidates because their face and jaws are still developing, which may make the treatment easier and more successful.

Adults, however, can still benefit from orthodontic treatment.

What are some reason I may need braces?

The reasons people need braces vary. Here are a few examples of some issues braces can help with:

  • Crooked, crowded and/or missing teeth
  • A bad bite, also known as malocclusion
  • Poorly aligned jaws

These issues can be caused by bad habits, like thumb-sucking, or a traumatic injury while playing a sport and some issues are simply hereditary.

Your Atlanta dentist can examine and assess your dental health, as well as provide a custom plan that will give you what you need.

How do I take care of my teeth while wearing braces?

You must maintain a healthy oral habit to ensure there isn't plaque buildup and cavity formation. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once before bed, at the very least. This is so no food debris becomes entangled in your braces' brackets and wires.

If you're interested in learning more about orthodontic treatments and would like to contact Drs. Laura Koch, Andrew Soulimiotis or Sunny Patel in their Atlanta, GA, office, please call (404) 249-1716.