My Blog

Posts for tag: Orthodontics

By Provo Dental
April 24, 2020
Tags: Orthodontics  

Your lower and upper jaws’ teeth should fit together neatly. Otherwise, it could increase your risk of developing bite issues, gum disease, and tooth decay. The area of orthodontics is focused on diagnosing and correcting jaw and teeth alignment issues with the use of orthodontic appliances like braces and aligners.

A thorough evaluation with one of our orthodontists, Dr. Gary Wiest or Dr. Kevin Wiest of Provo Dental in Provo, UT, can accurately determine if you require orthodontics. In the meantime, below are common examples when orthodontic treatment is usually recommended.

When is Orthodontics Recommended?

In general, dentists typically recommend orthodontic treatment for people with overlapping, crowded, and crooked teeth since these can lead to a host of issues such as:

  • Gum Injury: If a tooth does not fit into its opposite jaw snugly, it might cause gum injury because it will repeatedly dig into your gum.
  • Gum Disease and Tooth Decay: Crowded and overlapping teeth could be more difficult to clean and consequently result in gum disease and decay.
  • Premature Wear and Tear: Chewing can gradually wear down teeth that don’t fit properly.

Take note that orthodontic treatment is commonly done when all of the person’s permanent teeth have come in or erupted, which is between 11 and 13 years of age, but some people can start treatment earlier or later on when they’re adults. So it’s best to consult with your orthodontist in Provo, UT, to determine the best time for orthodontics.

Specific Problems That Orthodontics Can Treat

Protruded Teeth

This occurs when the lower jaw is placed further back than the upper jaw. When your teeth fit nicely together, you’d see your upper teeth placed on your lower lip’s inside portion, otherwise, you have protruded teeth. If you have protruded teeth, you have an elevated risk of tooth loss or damage from accidents. You may likewise have eating and/or speech issues. Lots of people also opt to treat protruded teeth, not only for functional purposes but for aesthetic reasons as well.

Underbite

When you have an underbite, your bottom jaw will protrude more forward than usual. When you fit your teeth, you’ll find that your bottom front teeth will rest in front, instead of behind, your upper front teeth.

Excessive Overbite

When your top teeth sit over your bottom teeth more forward than usual, you have an excessive overbite.

Crowded Teeth

This occurs when there isn’t sufficient space for your teeth in your jaw, causing them to overlap. This could be a result of a small jaw, huge teeth, or both.

Interested in Orthodontics? Give Us a Call

Arrange your appointment with Dr. Gary Wiest or Dr. Kevin Wiest here at Provo Dental in Provo, UT, by dialing (801) 374-8205.

By Provo Dental
July 31, 2017
Tags: Orthodontics  

It’s never too late to get a straighter smile. We can help you achieve just that!Orthodontics

 

While those with obvious misalignments in their smile will often assume that braces will help them in some way, this isn’t always something that’s as easy to determine for everyone. Adults, in particular, aren’t always sure whether braces are the best option for them. Our Provo, UT, dentist Dr. Gary Wiest is here to tell you that many people, no matter their age, could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Find out if you could be one of them.

Most people assume that braces will only help to straighten teeth and improve the look of your smile, but orthodontic treatment can actually offer so much more. If you have a bad bite or if you have misaligned jaws you could benefit greatly from getting braces. Having crooked or misaligned teeth can make it more difficult to properly clean your teeth, which can lead to decay and gum disease. By straightening your smile with orthodontics we can improve the health of your teeth, gums and jawbone.

Common issues orthodontic treatment can address include:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding or overlapping
  • Protruding, twisted or crooked teeth
  • Crossbites, open bites, underbites and overbites

So yes, orthodontics can certainly improve the shape of your smile but it can do so much more. It can even make your smile healthier for the long term. In our office, our Provo, UT, general dentist offers a variety of ways to get a straighter smile.

While metal and tooth-colored traditional braces may be a better option for someone dealing with more complex and complicated tooth movements, invisible aligners and Six-Month Smiles may be a great way to straighten smiles for adults and teens who don’t want others to notice that they are wearing braces. The best orthodontic option for you will really depend on the severity of the issues you need to correct, your budget and your lifestyle.

Whether you have questions about our unique orthodontic options we offer or you need to schedule a consultation with us, let the experts at Provo Dental in Provo, UT, provide you with the help you need and the straighter smile you want.