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The Importance of Orthodontics

A woman smiling after receiving adult braces at Naborowski Orthodontics in Addison, ILYour teeth do a lot for you. They help you to bite and chew. They allow you to speak properly. They also play an integral role in the quality of your smile. When your teeth are crooked, all of these functions, and more are affected. Naborowski Orthodontics can help with orthodontic treatment.

Effects of Crooked Teeth

When your teeth are crooked, several issues can arise. Common issues caused by crooked teeth include
•  A deteriorated smile.
•  Loss of confidence.
•  An increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
•  An increased risk for tooth damage.
•  Difficulty biting and chewing food. This can result in poor digestion and malnutrition.
•  Bruxism.
•  TMJ disorder.

Orthodontic Issues

There are a variety of different orthodontic issues that can affect your mouth. These issues include
•  Overcrowding.
•  Gaps between your teeth.
•  Overbites and underbites.
•  Openbites and crossbites.

Orthodontics for All Ages

Orthodontics is commonly associated with adolescents, usually between the ages of 10 and 14. At this age, it is common for braces to be worn. While this is a common age to undergo orthodontic treatment, we can provide orthodontics for patients of all ages.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. At this age, the adult teeth have begun developing below the gums, and some may have even begun to erupt. It is at this age that we can detect the presence of, or predict the likelihood of, many different types of orthodontic issues. In some cases, we can provide early treatment to lessen the severity of treatment later on. We may even be able to help avoid the need for later treatments altogether.
The adolescent years are some of the best to undergo orthodontic treatment, particularly with braces. During this time, all of the adult teeth have erupted, but the jaw is still developing and therefore malleable. This makes treatment with braces much easier. This age is also ideal because many other children in the same age group are also undergoing treatment, so your child will not be alone.

While common in the adolescent years, adults can undergo orthodontic treatment as well. Perhaps you were unable to afford treatment as a child, or you have experienced an orthodontic relapse. Whatever the reason, braces, and other orthodontic treatments can help you to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

There are many different types of orthodontic treatments, including
•  Traditional braces. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move your teeth and jaws. The wires are held in place with elastic O-rings.
•  Damon braces and Damon clear. Damon braces are self-litigating. The wires are held in place by doors with sliding mechanisms. Your braces tighten themselves as your teeth shift into the proper alignment. Damon braces use metal brackets and wires while Damon clear uses clear or ceramic brackets.
•  I-braces. I-braces, also known as lingual braces, use brackets and wires that are affixed to the backs of your teeth, rather than the front surfaces.
•  Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. The aligners are practically invisible on your teeth, making them an incredibly discreet treatment.

Benefits of Orthodontics

There are many benefits associated with orthodontic treatment.
•  The quality of your smile is greatly improved.
•  Your oral health is improved.
•  You can bite and chew properly, which ensures proper digestion and nutrition.
•  Chewing forces are evenly distributed among all of your teeth.
•  Bruxism and TMJ disorder can be alleviated and even eliminated.

Orthodontic treatment not only improves the quality of your smile, but it can also help to improve your oral health and your quality of life as well. Call Naborowski Orthodontics at (630) 543-5051 today to learn more and schedule your consultation.

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