Why Get Orthodontic Treatment?

By J. Michael Plyler, DDS, PA
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Orthodontic treatment can help you improve the appearance and positioning of your teeth. It can also help you with issues related to your orthodonticsjaw. Some treatments can be completed in as little as six months. Find out more about orthodontics and the treatment options that you can discuss with Dr. J. Michael Plyler in Hot Springs, AR.

Why Choose Orthodontic Treatment?
There are a few common reasons why a patient might decide to go to the dentist for orthodontic treatment. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • You are having issues with wisdom teeth that are pushing the teeth out of alignment.
  • You have unattractive spaces and gaps in your teeth.
  • Some of the teeth are crowding or there is an abnormal eruption (extra tooth on the gumline).
  • You're having bite problems that make it difficult to chew and talk (open bite, overbite, crossbite, or underbite).

Orthodontics Is for Children and Adults
Dentists will usually recommend that patients have orthodontic treatment in their pre-teens—sometimes as early as age seven. This is because their teeth are still in the development phase, so their orthodontic issues can be fixed more easily. However, adults also often inquire about orthodontics because they want to perfect their smiles for professional and social reasons. Your Hot Springs dentist will carefully examine your smile and create a complete orthodontic treatment plan that's right for you.

What to Expect When Getting Braces
The traditional orthodontic method is metal braces, which are made of brackets and wires. A small metal bracket is attached to each tooth to provide individual support for a wire that will move your teeth into a better position. The entire process is completed in one appointment and you'll come in every few weeks for a checkup and adjustments. 

See if Orthodontic Treatment Is Right for You
Even if you are well past your pre-teen or teenage years, orthodontics can benefit your smile. Call (501) 623-7113 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Plyler at his office in Hot Springs, AR.