A trip to the orthodontist’s office is inextricably linked in most people’s minds with tooth straightening. Alignment is certainly the bread and butter of most orthodontic practices, but it is by no means the only service we offer at Hidden Smiles Orthodontics in Huntington, Long Island.
Before you decide whether or not you need to visit an orthodontist, take a moment to consider the full range of different services available, such as surgical orthodontics, that you may not be aware of…
Of course, dealing with braces does take up the lion’s share of the orthodontist’s time. Braces are used to align teeth to their healthiest possible position by applying pressure to them with wires, metal bands, and other equipment. Teeth that are allowed to grow crooked can cause significant problems later in life, typically difficulties in biting food properly. If you’re facing these sorts of issues, you may actually be able to get braces fitted under your dental insurance plan. If your interest in getting braces is purely to improve the appearance of your teeth, though, you will most likely need to pay for the expenses yourself.
Treatment For TMJ
TMJ is an acronym used to refer to the temporomandibular joint. TMJ issues restrict the natural movement of the jawbone and often cause chronic pain. If left untreated, these pains can spread to the face and neck and cause intense migraine headaches. Orthodontists can help treat TMJ symptoms in many different ways, helping patients overcome this common complaint. Treatments include braces (to correct the patient’s bite pattern), mouthpieces (to retrain the muscles attached to the jaw), or complex solutions including surgery on the tissues of the jaw.
Traditional braces are no longer the only way to fix poorly aligned teeth. Wireless braces are another solution to this timeless problem. Rather than affixing unsightly and uncomfortable equipment directly to the teeth, these treatments use a series of clear retainer-type devices to gradually pressure the teeth towards healthier positions. Though wireless braces are usually more expensive than traditional braces with their metal brackets and wires, they make less of an impact on your appearance and can work more quickly. This has made them particularly popular with adult patients who want to minimize the discomfort and inconvenience involved in straightening their teeth.
Surgical Orthodontic Techniques
As you might guess from the name, surgical orthodontics involve altering the position of the teeth using surgery in combination with braces. Surgical solutions are generally only suitable for patients whose teeth have reached their full adult size and position. This is typically between the ages of 16 and 18. For most patients, surgery is performed only after a period of adjustment achieved with traditional braces. Surgical orthodontics are usually performed to improve the patient’s bite by realigning the jaw. This intensive procedure is only required for correcting the most severe alignment problems.
If your teeth are in need of professional orthodontic treatment we are here to help you. Call us today for a free orthodontic examination and consultation where we will use our state-of-the-art technology to show you how we will straighten your teeth and bring out your perfect hidden smile.