Orthodontic treatment is one to straighten or move teeth to enhance their appearance and improve their function. It also helps ensure your teeth, jaw joints, and gums' long-term well-being by spreading the bite pressure across all of your teeth.
Our Orthodontist - Dr. Jeffrey Kim
Dr. Jeffrey Kim has received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University, and certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the University of Pittsburgh. He provides orthodontic treatment to individuals of all ages through some of the most effective orthodontic solutions.
Reasons to Get an Orthodontic Treatment
A lot of people have unbalanced or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment can straighten teeth and help them move to a more comfortable position. This improves their appearance and the way teeth fit together, making them easier to clean and maintain good oral hygiene.
Some people have front teeth that are a bit sunk and appear unattractive. The misalignment of the upper and lower jaw results in an unattractive appearance and an improper bite. When your teeth are not aligned correctly, they put pressure on the jaw muscles, which can cause joint and jaw problems and even headaches. Orthodontics could help them return to the proper alignment and decrease the strain on the jaw.
Orthodontists are specialists in correcting malocclusion-related issues using a variety of techniques and devices. The most recent treatment methods include:
- Straightening teeth
- Correcting bites
- Eliminating gaps between the teeth
- Aligning the tips of teeth
- Improved speech and chewing
- Improved gum health and dental health
Different Types Of Orthodontic Appliances
Orthodontic experts recommend removable and fixed aligners to correct teeth alignment and correct the patient's improper bite. There are many types of orthodontic appliances available for both adults and children, such as:
- Braces, also known as clear aligners
- Retainers (removable or fixed)
- Space maintainers (removable or fixed)
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) splints
- Headgear (used in conjunction with braces)
- Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery
Taking Care of Braces and Teeth
It is crucial to continue getting your teeth examined by our dentist during orthodontic treatment. Also, you must take good care of your mouth and teeth.
- Cleanse your teeth twice a day, in the evening and at least once during the day. Make use of mouthwash and dental floss with fluoride and a fluoride-based gel.
- Braces can be delicate, and you should wash them with care to ensure that they don't break. Our dental team will teach you the proper techniques to use based on the type of appliance you're wearing.
- Reduce the frequency you consume sugary food and drinks. Avoid drinks and snacks that contain sugars and fizzy drinks. Additionally, hard and sticky foods can also cause damage to your braces.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Flanders, NJ, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (973) 927-8800 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.