What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic Treatment

The gift of orthodontic treatment extends beyond the borders of a great bite and tooth alignment: self-esteem and a beautiful smile are joined at the lip. As anyone seeking a job can attest, first impressions are important! Being able to meet a new employer or acquaintance with a confident, radiant smile goes a long way toward making a great impression.   A beautiful smile also gives the impression of greater intelligence; “‘High intelligence’ faces appear to be smiling more than the ‘low intelligence’ faces. A similar pattern was described for the perception of trustworthiness.” Karel Kleisner 2014

While having beautifully straight teeth is a great social benefit, even more important is the ability to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaws. Poorly aligned teeth make brushing more difficult; it is harder to position a toothbrush into every nook and cranny that crowded teeth present. Flossing becomes a discouraging enterprise.  As a consequence, poor tooth alignment may contribute to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Poor alignment of teeth may contribute to altered eruption patterns of the permanent teeth.  Altered eruption patterns may also cause unwanted destruction of permanent teeth.

The ability to chew food well has health benefits: absorbing more nutrients, increasing saliva production which aids digestion, helping cleanse teeth and adding mineral back to the teeth, as well as promotes stimulation of bones through the “workout” from chewing the food.

Scientific breakthroughs have softened the application and wearing of braces. Modern appliances and treatment choices are readily available in Dr. Forbes’ office, from traditional metal braces to tooth colored brackets. Space technology has driven the creation of new metallurgic wires that are gentler and transitionally activated by body temperature (such as copper titanium wires) and require fewer adjustments! Some patients may be candidates for treatment with Invisalign, an innovative way to straighten teeth using clear aligners eliminating the traditional braces.

When you come in for a complimentary consultation, Dr. Forbes discusses the health of your mouth and if treatment is necessary, he will thoroughly discuss which treatment option is best suited for you!