Orthodontic treatment can significantly improve issues ranging from teeth misalignment to problems with biting and chewing. With custom-tailored treatments that can gently pull the teeth into a more desirable position and correct bite issues, orthodontics provides both functional and aesthetic benefits for adults and children alike.
Our restorative and cosmetic dentist, Dr. John D. Beckwith, has been in practice for more than 30 years and is a member of the American Orthodontic Society, one of the most respected and distinguished organizations in the world devoted to the advancement of orthodontic treatment. To be a member of this society, doctors must prove their commitment to extremely high standards of care and successful results. Through his continued cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics education, as well as his years of experience, Dr. Beckwith is able to give both adult and pediatric orthodontics patients effective treatment options that can help them achieve their goals.
Candidates for Orthodontics
Although one of the most common reasons for orthodontic treatment is misaligned teeth, there are actually a number of conditions that can be improved with the help of braces or other methods. The best candidates for orthodontics are those who exhibit one or more of the following:
- Gaps, missing teeth, or excess space between teeth
- Crowded teeth that are pushing against each other
- Overbite (upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth, causing gradual wear and difficulty chewing food)
- Underbite (lower jaw extends to a point that causes teeth to appear in front of upper front teeth)
- Crossbite (upper teeth sit behind the lower front teeth, resulting in tooth damage and irregular jaw development)
- Openbite (gap between upper and lower front teeth when biting down, which limits the ability to chew food properly)
During your orthodontic consultation, you will have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Beckwith about your oral condition and what you hope to accomplish with treatment. He will perform an oral examination to determine your orthodontic needs and how you can best achieve your goal results. At this time, he will create a personalized treatment plan that can effectively accomplish your needs.
More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to achieve straight teeth, improve their bite issues, and enhance their overall smile. Although many individuals dismiss the idea of braces because of their bold, metal appearance, Dr. Beckwith offers a variety of advanced teeth straightening options that are not only more discrete, but also more comfortable than more traditional options. In addition to metal braces, orthodontic treatments offered at Cornerstone Dental include ceramic braces and Invisalign® clear teeth aligners. Ceramic braces are like the traditional metal version, except they are color-matched to blend in with your teeth throughout your entire treatment.
Children and adolescents are the most popular patients to undergo orthodontic treatment. This is due to teeth misalignment and bite issues becoming obvious while a person is young. By seeking treatment at an early age, severe functional and cosmetic dental issues likely to develop in the future can be avoided altogether. Dr. Beckwith recommends children receive an orthodontic evaluation by the time they turn seven, which is typically when the first molars surface. At this age, a number of potential problems can be detected, such as abnormal jaw growth, bite issues, and teeth crowding.
Metal braces remain the preferred orthodontic solution for most children and adolescents due to their effective nature. However, the best treatment for each patient will be determined during their initial evaluation. With the advancements in orthodontic technology, metal braces have become a stronger and more comfortable solution than in the past. They are the most common orthodontic treatment for children and adolescents because of their ability to correct even the most severe misalignment issues. For those who wish to undergo a more discrete treatment option, Dr. Beckwith also offers ceramic braces, which function like traditional metal braces but are the same color as the patient’s teeth to be less visible.
Invisalign is a system of clear teeth aligners that can improve the appearance of misaligned teeth without letting others know you are undergoing treatment. The aligners are virtually invisible while on the teeth and are removable for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Spaces and gaps as well as bite issues can be corrected with this innovative treatment.
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To learn more about our orthodontic options, or to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist, please contact Cornerstone Dental today.