Orthodontics is an area of dental practice focused on improving the alignment of your teeth. Cultures around the world have long used techniques to straighten teeth, but the first official orthodontic school opened its doors in 1901.
Orthodontic treatment has gone through numerous changes over the years, but the basic goal has always been to use gentle force to slowly move teeth into better alignment. Only the tools and techniques have improved over time.
Never before have people had so many options when it comes to orthodontics. Working with an experienced team like the professionals at Hanachi Orthodontics can help you find the alignment system that is best suited for your treatment needs and goals.
Most people can benefit from orthodontic treatment, although some need more in-depth treatment plans than others. Issues like minor misalignment or gapped teeth can usually be corrected in less than a year, while more advanced alignment problems take two or more years of treatment to correct.
A one-on-one consultation is the best way to know how orthodontic treatment can improve the look of your smile. It’s also important to note that the benefits extend far beyond aesthetics; misaligned teeth are more challenging to keep clean and can create an uneven distribution of pressure in your bite.
If you have untreated dental decay or gum disease, you may need to complete treatment for those issues prior to moving forward with orthodontic treatment. The team at Hanachi Orthodontics maintains professional relationships with numerous area dentists who can assist you.
In some cases, one or more teeth need to be extracted before you can begin your treatment plan. This occurs when there is insufficient room in your jaw to accommodate optimal alignment. There are also cases when baby teeth need to be extracted, especially when they are trapped in the jaw by permanent teeth.
Another way to prepare for orthodontic treatment is to think about your lifestyle and ability to comply with treatment instructions. Tray-based alignment systems like InvisalignⓇ and the Spark™ Clear Aligner System require you to wear your aligners around the clock except when eating or cleaning your teeth.
Traditional braces or systems like DamonⓇ Smile and DamonⓇ Clear require less attention to compliance. Because the components are secured directly to your teeth, they remain in place throughout treatment.
When you’re ready to learn more, call Hanachi Orthodontics to schedule a consultation. Online booking is also available and takes just moments to complete.