Your Orthodontic Options

By Cumberland Dental
December 20, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Orthodontic  

Your best smile begins with orthodontics from Dr. Jack Gaffrey and Dr. Angela Gaffrey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park. Braces come in a variety of styles and configurations, and your dentists will tailor your options to your specific needs. Read on to learn more!

Why choose orthodontia?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children be evaluated for braces by the age of seven. Children's jaws and teeth respond rapidly and very well to correction, with treatment times often being shorter and simpler the earlier a child begins treatment.

That being said, age does not prohibit orthodontic correction. Older teens and adults benefit from braces and clear aligners, too. Anyone of any age who has a crooked smile, poor bite, or badly spaced teeth can experience:

  • Tooth decay
  • Speech problems
  • Gum disease (because teeth and gums are harder to clean)
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Headaches, earaches, facial pain, and jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ)

So, if you wish to pursue a better-looking, healthier smile that lasts and functions well, ask your Cumberland Park dentist about how traditional braces or clear Invisalign aligners could help you.

Problems addressed by braces or aligners

Whether you wear thin Invisalign aligners or braces—available in metal, ceramic (tooth-colored), and lingual (tongue-side) varieties—your dentist can correct a myriad of smile alignment problems. Treatment with bonded-on traditional braces typically takes two and a half years, while removable aligners move teeth into healthier positions in about a year.

Problems corrected include:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Tooth tipping
  • Congenital absence of teeth
  • Tooth rotation
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Shifted mid-line

Treatment with braces or aligners

When you come to Cumberland Dental for an evaluation, Dr. Gaffrey will examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure. Additionally, you will undergo simple X-ray examination and special three-dimensional scans as needed.

With this information, your dentist will customize your treatment plan to move your teeth gradually into better positions. Usually, when treatment concludes, patients wear removable or bonded-on retainers to ensure their smiles stay well-aligned for the long-term.

Time for a consultation?

If your child is seven years old or older, or if you wish to pursue the orthodontic correction you've always wanted, please contact Cumberland Dental for a personal consultation with one of our expert dentists. You'll learn what your smile needs and how you can achieve it. Call our office in Cumberland Park today at (088) 271-6233.

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