October 6, 2015
Nothing makes a better first impression than a straight, healthy smile. But, do you find yourself shy about smiling broadly? Are your teeth crooked and gapped? Orthodontic treatment is not just for children. Adults benefit from it as well. Your Worcester orthodontist at Common Park Dental advises parents about orthodontics for their children and adults on the best treatment option for their best smiles.
The when and how of orthodontics require an expert
As part of outstanding preventive dentistry services, Doctors Daria R. Hornung, Kevin Guze and Justin M. Cifuni evaluate all their patients for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and bite problems–in other words, how good their tooth alignment is. The American Dental Association recommends that children have an orthodontic assessment by age 7 so that problems may be addressed and planned for earlier and more easily. Actual treatment for kids usually starts somewhere between ages 9 and 14.
Interestingly, more and more adults are opting for braces. Many people feel that a beautiful smile will boost their self-confidence and afford them a professional advantage as well. However, traditional metal brackets and wires present aesthetic problems for older teens and adults.
So, the dentists at Common Park Dental offer individualized treatment options for their orthodontic patients. With x-rays, other imaging and impressions, they arrive at recommendations which may include:
- Clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, an effective but less obvious method of handling many kinds of orthodontic issues including tooth rotation and open-, cross-, under- and over-bite. Dentists mount the brackets and wires in the usual way, and patients must brush and floss diligently to avoid the dental cavities and gingivitis commonly caused by hygiene neglect.
- Lingual braces, with hardware mounted on the back or tongue-side of teeth. These braces are carefully customized and effectively move teeth into more favorable positions without being obvious about it. Patients who are very careful about flossing make great candidates for lingual braces, using interproximal flossers (tiny brushes), water flossing instruments (Water Pik) and floss threaders to clean around the brackets.
- Invisalign clear aligners. Featuring faster than average treatment times, comfortable, invisible appliances and normal eating, brushing and flossing, Invisalign aligners treat mild to moderate orthodontic cases. Teens and adults like that they can remove Worcester Invisalign aligners for special occasions and that typical treatment times average about a year–shorter than treatment with metal wire and bracket braces.
Regardless of what kind of braces your Worcester orthodontist at Common Park Dental includes in your treatment plan, rest assured that the health of your gums and teeth are paramount and your smile aesthetics will change for the better. For more information, please contact Doctors Hornung, Guze and Cifuni. You will get expert assessment and direction for your healthiest best-looking and longest-lasting smile!
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