Early treatment (Phase 1) offers many benefits, often achieving one or more of the following goals:
- minimizing future jaw surgery
- minimizing removal of permanent teeth
- helping prevent fractures to buck teeth
- enhance self-esteem by improving appearance of teeth
- shortening or improving the results of the Phase 2 treatment
- create more stable, long-term results for those with severe bite problems
- allowing treatment at an age when children are more cooperative
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile-it creates a healthier you.