Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that focuses upon the treatment of irregularities of the teeth and face. Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew, and speak.
Properly aligned teeth and jaws also prevent physical health problems occurring in the future and contribute to the daily health of your teeth and gums.
By straightening teeth and altering bone growth within the mouth, orthodontics can amend numerous dental and jaw abnormalities. Impacted (trapped in the jaw bone), turned, crowded, spaced, or even missing teeth can all benefit from orthodontic treatment. Treatment of these conditions can take between 6 to 30 months depending upon the age of the patient and the severity of the problem.
A beautiful smile is a wonderful asset. Orthodontic treatment will improve a patient’s facial appearance by bringing the teeth and lips into proportion. The benefits of orthodontics can therefore also be both professionally and socially rewarding.
Which Face Looks More Attractive To You?
Most people found the face on the LEFT more attractive than the face on the right. Why is this? Whilst there is no right or wrong, studies show that people tend to prefer faces with a strong jaw line, well-developed mid-face, smaller noses, thicker lips and a face that is not lengthened out of proportion (compare the right vs. left again). Indeed, these are basic criteria for models in the fashion industry.
Of course we are not all models – and ultimately, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. However, it is often the case that faces without the characteristics described above are associated with crooked teeth, bad bites, premature tooth wear from grinding/clenching, headaches from jaw joint (TMJ) issues, or poor sleeping patterns (including bed wetting for younger children, getting up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night for older children, and Sleep Apnea for adults). It can even be that these people suffer from chronic allergies, asthma and fatigue.
How can all this possibly be related? Because the foundation of facial beauty and general health is well aligned jaws, joints and teeth – and this can only be reliably achieved by breathing through the nose, and positioning our tongue and lips correctly. This type of Orthodontic Treatment is known as Myofunctional Orthodontics.
What Causes Crooked Teeth?
All humans have the genetic potential to grow straight teeth. So what are the reasons for crooked teeth? It is usually due to teeth that are too big, too many teeth, and/or not enough room for the teeth. It is usually the case that there is not enough room for the teeth, rather than the first two reasons. The pictures to the right show that even in adults, the bone is still malleable.
When pressure is applied to the bone, there is less room for the teeth, and therefore they crowd up! When space is provided, the teeth have a natural tendency to align. So what causes the jaws to be too small? In the images to the right, the pressure applied by the fingers simulates the action of the lips.
When children do not swallow correctly, the lips exert too much pressure on the teeth. Also, when a child habitually breathes through their mouth instead of the nose, the tongue does not provide sufficient stimulus for the upper jaw, which causes further crowding. These are just a few reasons for the bones not growing to their genetic potential.
What Do Crooked Teeth Have To Do With My Health?
Given that crooked teeth are usually a reflection of misaligned or underdeveloped bones, crooked teeth are really only the tip of the iceberg. Misaligned and poorly developed bones are often associated with a restricted airway, and this can be associated with bed wetting, chronic fatigue, bags under the eyes, poor quality sleep, and allergies.
Furthermore, misaligned and poorly developed bones can lead to compression within the jaw joint, which can manifest as headaches, neck pain, and clicking noises within the joint (TMJ disorder), which can cause premature wearing. Finally, misaligned and poorly developed bones can lead to a less aesthetic facial profile, as evidenced by the photos above.
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DentArana takes pride in offering advanced techniques and solutions for malocclusions and jaw problems. Our orthodontic treatments not only improve the appearance of your smile, but also the state of your oral health. For more information about our TMJ treatment and how your Arana Hills dentist can help, visit us here at DentArana.