Many people are under the mistaken impression that orthodontics is all about straightening crooked teeth. However, there is much more to orthodontics and its effect on your overall dental health.
Orthodontics not only treats crooked teeth, but all of the problems within the jaw and face that can cause discomfort and lead to other major health issues.
- Misaligned jaws
- Spacing, crowding of teeth
- Misaligned bite difficulties
For some, these problems can lead to much larger health issues with the jaw, tongue and even the ears. That is why most patients are children. These problems can often be detected and prevented in childhood.
Although children are the typical candidates for braces, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment. Although braces can dramatically improve your smile and appearance, adult orthodontics is not just about straighter teeth. Many adults have lived all their lives with bite, chewing and comfort issues related to the structure of their teeth and jaws.
There are many ways to treat all types of orthodontic problems. Treatments may range from simple aligners or braces, to corrective surgery of the jaw. With new technologies, most issues can be treated without invasive procedures. One of the orthodontic treatment options provided by Dr. Hakim is an invisible braces treatment called Invisalign.
No matter the treatment you require, the result will be a straighter more confident smile.