Misaligned teeth cause not only an aesthetic concern; they can also lead to oral and other health problems like tooth decay, gum disease, chronic headaches, and difficulty while chewing. Dr. Novan Nguyen at Blossom Dental Wellness in Sacramento, California, can help detect potential alignment issues early on and create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty field of dental healthcare that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of malocclusions in the alignment of the teeth and jaws. This field has progressed over time, both in terms of flexibility and availability of different options. Because of this, modern orthodontic appliances have been designed to offer a more restrained and comfortable experience than orthodontics in years past.
Who Needs Orthodontics?
The best way to determine whether you need orthodontic treatment is to visit a dentist for a regular exam. When you visit our dental office, Dr. Novan Nguyen will perform a comprehensive examination of your bite and jaw alignment, look for any protruding teeth, and check for other issues.
In addition, we will take X-rays to get a better view of the jaw line up and the alignment of the teeth. Based on these findings, we will determine the best course of orthodontic treatment that will be apt for your situation.
What Are Some Orthodontic Treatments?
We offer many orthodontic procedures to help our patients realize a healthy and perfect smile. Our treatments include traditional braces, removable appliances, and clear Invisalign aligners, all designed to meet your dental goals. While clear aligners provide an excellent orthodontic treatment choice for some patients, traditional brackets may help others attain their desired results better.
Fixed Orthodontic Braces
A metal or ceramic dental base is fastened to each tooth, and a thin metallic wire is inserted through each base. This wire gradually adjusts and aligns the teeth by applying gentle pressure and shifts the teeth slowly throughout treatment. When the intended results are achieved, the fixed dental braces will then be removed.
There is a wide assortment of removable appliances regularly used in orthodontics, including headgear that treat overbites, Hawley retainers that improve the teeth's position even as the jawbone reforms, and facemasks designed to correct an underbite.
Invisalign offers a highly discreet option for straightening your teeth as its aligners are completely transparent. Mechanically, the aligners work the same way traditional metal dental braces do but can be detached before eating.
If you want to know more about our orthodontic procedures, call Blossom Dental Wellness in Sacramento, California, at 916-422-3991to schedule an appointment with Dr. Novan Nguyen.