Orthodontic Treatment in Tonawanda
Transform your smile with Orthodontic treatment
from Peter A. Rouff DMD PLLC
in Tonawanda, New York
. All treatment is customized according to the condition of your teeth.
Orthodontics is a special area of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. These issues can be caused by crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth along with poorly aligned jaws.
When you or your child has any of these problems, it's called a malocclusion. We treat and correct these problems with appliances called braces.
A primary reason for choosing braces is that crooked, crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean and healthy. Poor fit of the teeth makes it difficult to chew food and can cause improper wear of the teeth. However, a pleasing smile and improved self-confidence may be the most important reason for you and your child to consider orthodontic treatment.
The age of the patient and nature of the malocclusion will determine what type of orthodontic treatment and appliances are needed. Braces can range from a relatively simple, removable retainer to more complex, cemented braces with which you might be most familiar.
To complement braces, sometimes auxiliary elastics, or removable appliances, are needed to redirect jaw growth. In most cases, after the braces are removed, retainers are worn for an additional year or so to keep teeth in their corrected position.
More Than Beautiful Smiles
Although the importance of a nice smile should never be underestimated, the orthodontic specialist has another equally significant treatment goal--to improve the health of your teeth and gums. Did you know that crooked teeth and bad bites can seriously affect general oral health and sometimes jaw joints (TMJ problems)?
Crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain and in time may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss. Bad bites also can result in abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing, and damage to supporting bone and gum tissue. Jaw joint (TMJ) pain and associated headaches sometimes can be attributed to crooked teeth and incorrect bites.
When left untreated, many orthodontic problems become worse. Treatment by a specialist to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care later.
Never Too Old To Be Your Best
Orthodontic treatment is always a change for the better, regardless of your age. The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children. The health of your teeth, gums and supporting bone is the most important factor in determining the prospects for improving your smile and dental health.
Because an adult's facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections cannot be accomplished with braces alone. But don't let that discourage you. Very dramatic facial changes are now being achieved with a combined approach of surgery and orthodontics. Should you require this type of treatment, your orthodontist will explain the procedures.
Braces And Your Lifestyle
You probably want to know if braces will interfere with your lifestyle. Absolutely not! You can do anything with braces - sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken.
There are, however, a few inconveniences, but you'll adjust quickly. Certain treats such as caramels and peanut brittle will be off limits. Also, your mouth and teeth may be a little tender after adjustments. And, of course, it will be especially important that you visit your family dentist for regular checkups. The good new is that the new techniques and materials the orthodontic specialist uses today have not only greatly reduced the discomfort of wearing braces but also have decreased the frequency of office visits and overall treatment time.
Discover How Great Your Smile Could Be
A consultation with an orthodontic specialist is the best way to determine if you can benefit from treatment. After an initial examination, your orthodontist usually will be able to tell you what the treatment will involve and the approximate cost. If you decide to proceed, complete diagnostic records of your mouth will be taken. These inclulde molds of your teeth, special X-rays and photographs.
After carefully analyzing the extent of your problem, the orthodontist will recommendc the best course of treatment for improving your smile.
The decisions for an adult to have his or her teeth straightened is a major one. Once you decide to have treatment, choosing who will provide it is very important because your teeth - and possibly your face - will be changed permanently. Orthodontic specialists limit their practice to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics unless they also have qualified in another American Dental Association (ADA) recognized specialty. By completing an advanced education program following dental school, they have learned the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.
Specialists use the most advanced techniques available today, and because of their extensive knowlede, they can select cost-effective methods and materials for correcting individual problems.
Lifelong Investment In Yourself
When you consider the cost of orthodontic treatment, also consider the lifelong benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. Many former patients have said that it is the best investment they ever made - an investment in themselves.
The actual cost of treatment will, of course, depend on the severity of your problem. Your orthodontist will be glad to discuss fees with you before treatment begins. Convenient financing with an initial down payment and monthly installments usually can be arranged.
Many employer-provided benefit plans now include orthodontics, which helps patients off-set the cost of treatment.
All active members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) are orthodontic specialists. Each has met the exacting standards of education and experience required by the AAO for membership. These educational requirements conform to those established by the American Dental Association. *It is to your advantage to seek your orthodontic treatment from an AAO member.
Upon request, the AAO will furnish you with a list of members in your area. Your family dentist also can refer you to an AAO member. Remember, AAO members are the specialists who want you to have a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles.
*Advanced educaiton programs in orthodontics must include two or more academic years of full-time formal training in a program sponsored by an institution properly chartered and licensed to operate and offer instruction leading to degrees, diplomas or certificates with recognized educational validity. (From: Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association, July 1992.)
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