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The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is a great investment because it can last a lifetime. Overall health goes hand-in-hand with good oral health. Experiencing tooth problems or pain throughout your life can be miserable and costly. Avoid that pain and enjoy a beautiful and attractive smile that can boost your confidence.

Orthodontic treatment can solve numerous dental problems such as crooked and unevenly spaced teeth. Here are the benefits you can expect following a successful orthodontia plan at South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics in Reno, NV.

1. Improved Appearance

You deserve a smile that can light up a room. When your teeth are aligned, bright, and sparkly clean, you’ll have an appearance that creates a great first impression. Your smile is perhaps the most memorable part of any conversation, and you’ll thank yourself for making the confidence-boosting investment in orthodontic treatment.

2. Better Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene affects your self-image and your relationships. Having straightened teeth helps your appearance, but it also motivates you to maintain your dental health. Straight teeth are easier to clean, making flossing and brushing more effective than when teeth were crowded or overlapping. This reduces the risk of developing cavities, gingivitis, or periodontal disease.

3. Reduced Wear of the Teeth

Unhealthy biting, due to misalignment, may result in uneven or excessive wear of your teeth. Wearing causes teeth to be fragile, worn, or broken. There is also risk of losing gum tissue and bone density, as a result of unhealthy stress placed on these supporting structures. Proper alignment of your teeth, through orthodontia, will help prevent such problems.

4. Positive Psychological Impacts

Having well-aligned teeth and a beautiful, healthy smile has a positive influence on your confidence and self-esteem. At South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics, we continuously encourage you to maintain the health and beauty of your teeth.

5. Successful Restorative Procedures

Through interdisciplinary collaboration, our dentists, Dr. Brian Struby and Dr. Jamie Smith, are best able to complete a restorative procedure when your teeth are aligned properly. Orthodontic treatment creates a strong foundation that allows other treatments to be more stable and successful in the future. This might involve procedures like replacing missing teeth using dental bridges or implants and restoring your teeth using porcelain veneers, dental fillings, and crowns.

Schedule a Consultation

Our friendly, dentists and board-certified orthodontist are here for your oral health needs. At South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics we can create a personalized treatment plan that meets your goals, giving you a healthy mouth and beautiful, straight smile. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (775) 413-2976 or filling out our contact form online.

Why You Should Take Your 7 Year Old to the Orthodontist

If you are wondering when to bring your child for an orthodontic evaluation, Dr. Meagan Struby and the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids should seen by the age of seven.

Why 7? At this point, most children have their 6-year molars and a few adult teeth.  Their skeletal pattern of growth is usually apparent at that time, as well. Although most kids do not require orthodontics at seven years old, it is wise to establish a baseline and /or intercept problems that have already arisen. Early treatment can improve future dental outcomes and, sometimes, boost a child’s confidence!

Orthodontic treatment at the appropriate age sets a better, less-complicated stage for their dental development. Prompt intervention may help to avoid extraction or even jaw surgery in the future.

Below are several issues that can be identified by Dr. Struby and treated, if necessary.

1. A Crossbite

A crossbite occurs when your child’s upper jaw is too narrow, which sometimes looks like the lower jaw swings to one side.  You might observe that when your child bites down, the face seems off-center or that they are chewing in a funny way. Expanders are used to treat crossbites.  Parents:  If you had an expander, as a child, there is a likelihood your child may need one as well.

2. An Underbite

This condition is usually a result of a mismatched growth between the upper and the lower jaws.  Either the upper jaw is too small or the lower jaw is too large.  Another possibility is that the upper teeth grew in angled backward. When such a problem is not treated early, there is a concern that it can lead to jaw surgery.

3. Severe Overbites

Depending on the severity of your child’s overbite, an early correction using a bite plate retainer may be recommended. Improving the deep bite at a young age, helps to reduce wear of the front teeth, may improve gum tissue support around the teeth, and allow for proper development of the lower jaw.

4. Digit Sucking, Tongue Thrusting, Nail Biting

Children with a thumb or finger sucking habit change the shape of their palate, with the posture of their tongue and thumb. This might cause airway problems, crowding issues, protrusion of teeth, and bite issues. Early treatment for such habits usually involves a “habit-reminder” appliance.

5. Severe Teeth Crowding

When your children have lost some of their baby teeth, the adult teeth should grow to replace them. However, adult teeth may come in sideways, too high, overlapping other teeth, or impacted.

In certain situations, it is important to align the crowded teeth, to foster better growth and development of the jaws and remaining teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

When in doubt, visiting a board-certified orthodontic specialist for a consultation will provide you with valuable information about your child’s future orthodontic needs.

If your child is experiencing such issues, contact us at South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics to book an appointment with Dr. Meagan Struby.