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Problems Orthodontics Can Treat

From straightening your smile to correcting a misaligned bite, orthodontics can treat many different dental concerns for teens and adults. In Sacramento and Folsom, CA, your orthodontics experts are Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano.

Orthodontic Problems

Common orthodontic problems include crooked teeth, a misaligned bite and large gaps between the teeth. Braces, one type of orthodontic, can be used to move and straighten crooked or gapped teeth. Orthodontics can also correct a misaligned bite, which occurs when the top and bottom rows of teeth don’t line up properly. Individuals with a misaligned bite sometimes experience painful tension in the jaw area, as well as headaches. Correcting the misaligned bite with orthodontics can provide relief.

Types of Orthodontics

There are several types of orthodontics in Sacramento and Folsom. Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments used to straighten teeth, close gaps and correct misaligned bites. There are traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces and clear aligners. Depending on your needs, your dentist can advise you as to which type of braces might be best for you.

Metal braces and clear ceramic braces are similar. Both types of braces involve the installation of brackets on each tooth. Along each row of teeth, the brackets are connected to one another with metal wires. The primary difference between these two types of braces is that the metal ones are more readily visible, while the clear ceramic brackets are less conspicuous and blend in with the teeth better. Both metal and clear ceramic braces are effective at shifting and realigning the teeth for a beautiful, straight smile.

Like both metal braces and clear ceramic braces, lingual braces also involve brackets and wires. However, with lingual braces, the brackets and wires are placed on the backs of the teeth, whereas metal and clear braces involve attaching brackets to the front of the teeth. Since all orthodontic hardware is applied to the back of the teeth, lingual braces are almost unnoticeable to others, which patients find appealing.

Another type of braces that is quickly become popular among patients and dentists are clear aligners, including the brand Invisalign. Instead of brackets and wires, clear aligners utilize soft plastic trays that fit directly over the top and bottom rows of teeth. Although they need to be worn most of the time, the trays are removable. They can be taken out to eat, which prevents food particles from getting trapped in the trays. It also makes brushing and flossing much easier. Clear aligners are a great option for straightening teeth when there is no jaw misalignment.

From straightening your smile to correcting jaw alignment, orthodontics can treat many dental problems. To learn about which orthodontic treatment might be right for you, visit the office of Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano in Sacramento and Folsom, CA. To schedule an appointment, call (916) 929-3898.

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