Nothing makes a good first impression so much as a bright smile. But, if you don’t have the smile that you’d like, you may find yourself trying to hide it from the world. It can cause undue anxiety, stress, and even make you pull away from others. You don’t have to live like this, though. Recent advances in orthodontics have made it easier than ever to correct crooked or poorly spaced teeth. They help give you the smile you have always dreamed of with general dentistry services in Rogers Arkansas.

What Are Orthodontics?

dentist with gloves examines the orthodontics braces of smiling young girl

When many think of orthodontics they just think of old-fashioned metal braces on the teeth. But there’s more to the dental science of correcting bite problems. Orthodontics is a course of treatment intended to treat the condition called malocclusion (“bad bite”) that may actually consist of several different dental spacing and alignment problems.

While the primary aim may be to improve the appearance of the teeth, there are many health-related benefits to correcting a bite. This includes the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss.

Orthodontics in Rogers Arkansas can treat several conditions including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowding, or teeth that are too close together
  • Excessive space between teeth
  • Overbite, or front teeth overlapping and not contacting with lower teeth
  • Underbite, bottom teeth overlapping and not contacting with upper teeth

When Should I Get Orthodontic Treatment?

Many people begin orthodontic treatment during childhood as it is often easier to correct these conditions while teeth are still growing in. However, adults can also achieve optimal results with the help of orthodontic treatment.

What’s more, traditional metal braces are not the only option thanks to recent advances in dental technology. Removable appliances and transparent correction methods make braces less obtrusive than they have ever been. It is becoming more common to seek orthodontic treatment later in life as a result of these leaps forward. A dentist may treat some less severe problems, but if you have a more advanced condition you may be referred to an orthodontic specialist known as an orthodontist.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Orthodontic treatment is generally customized to meet the needs of a particular patient. While one individual may only need to correct shifting after wisdom teeth extraction, it is not unheard of for a person to have up to three competing conditions that need adjustment. In general, wearing corrective braces will take place over a period of 1-3 years.

After achieving the correction, it may be necessary to wear a retainer for a period of time to ensure that the new positions hold. Several times during this period, you may receive adjustments and these can cause some discomfort. However, newer braces and materials drastically reduce the level of discomfort experienced by patients during orthodontic treatment, as well as requiring fewer adjustments.

Health Benefits Of Orthodontic Treatments

In addition to helping to give you a stunning smile, orthodontic treatment can provide some tangible health benefits. It can make it easier to clean and maintain dental health, leading to needing less dental cavity fillings, prevent gum disease, and alleviate the symptoms of a variety of conditions.

Some common dental conditions that orthodontics may help or prevent include:

  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Bruxism/teeth grinding
  • Improper chewing and digestive problems

If you think that you could benefit from orthodontics in Rogers, Arkansas, give us a call at 479.464.0900 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Marcus Black DDS would be honored to provide for all your dental needs.