Braces: The New Smile Rejuvenation
Dr. Phuong Nguyen of D N Orthodontics gives some insights on the world of braces.
Anything new in the world of orthodontic treatment an adult who is contemplating getting braces or "smile rejuvenation" should know?
Most people think orthodontics is just straightening teeth. Some only straighten the front teeth but orthodontics done right by a “specialist” in orthodontics focuses on:
-Straighten front (anterior) and back (posterior) teeth —all of them including 2nd molars or the back teeth.
-Ensure that the bite “occlusion” is correct. Teeth fit a certain way in order to function properly. Malfunction occlusion or bite can lead to excessive wear, jaw pain, and teeth being damaged
-Ensure the smile is correct and “youthful”
What makes a smile look “youthful”?
A smile can look more youthful by bringing your front teeth down if you don’t show enough front teeth which tend to happen as we get older.
We want to create as full of a smile as possible that will properly fit inside your lips and is appropriate with your smile.
Any common myths about orthodontic treatment you want to dispel?
Myth: Wisdom teeth cause crowding.
Many people without wisdom teeth still have crowding.
Myth: You do not need to wear your retainer.
Retainer wear is important.
Wear a proper retainer every night for as long as you want your teeth straight.
As we age, our body changes and so do our teeth. Retainers are the Spanx of smiles that keep everything together.
Myth: All dentists are Orthodontic Specialists.
Only orthodontists sole practices specialize in the movement of teeth and jaws to create the best beautiful smiles. Be sure to know the difference.
What are the best options for adults who do not want traditional braces?
There are many types of braces: traditional orthodontic brackets (which can be metal, clear or gold) and bracket-free option like Invisalign. An orthodontist will be able to advise you on all these treatment options to give the best result possible. At DN Orthodontics, we have a lot of experience and successful results treating with traditional braces or Invisalign.
For more information on orthodontic treatment, contact Dr. Nguyen at DN Orthodontics: www.dn4smiles.com