Straight teeth and a properly aligned jaw are vital components to a healthy mouth and radiant smile. At Crownridge Dental in San Antonio, Texas, Christian Pham, DMD, offers a wide range of orthodontic treatments to give his patients the smile they deserve. If you’re interested in orthodontic treatments to improve the health and appearance of your smile, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule a visit today.
Orthodontics Q & A
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dental care concerned with the proper alignment and positioning of your teeth and jaw. Crooked teeth that don’t fit together properly can lead to a whole host of problems. They’re more difficult to keep clean, which makes them more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities, and their misalignment can put additional stress on your chewing muscles, which can cause TMJ disorder, headaches, and neck, shoulder, and back pain.
What problems can orthodontics correct?
Good orthodontics, like those offered by Dr. Pham, can help to correct:
- Smiles with too many gaps
- Smiles that are overcrowded
- Open bites
- Misplaced midlines
During a consultation, Dr. Pham will use a number of diagnostic tools, such as X-rays and plaster models of your teeth, to determine whether you have any of these conditions and whether their severity necessitates orthodontic treatment.
What are some orthodontic treatments?
Most orthodontic treatments work by applying gentle and consistent pressure on your teeth and jaw to progressively guide them towards proper alignment. Orthodontic treatments generally fall into two categories: Fixed and movable.
Some examples of fixed orthodontic treatments are:
The most common orthodontic treatment. Using bands, wires, and brackets that are anchored and affixed to the teeth, braces gradually move your teeth into proper alignment over the course of a few months to a few years.
Fixed space maintainers
If a child prematurely loses a tooth, Dr. Pham might apply this to the tooth next to the gap in order to keep the gap open until the new tooth emerges.
Special fixed appliances
These are attached to the teeth by bands and help to control thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.
Some removable orthodontic devices are:
Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that likewise gradually move the teeth into alignment, but do so without metal wires and brackets.
A plastic plate that fits over the roof of the mouth to widen the arch of the upper jaw.
Jaw repositioning appliances
Also known as splints, these train the jaw to close in a healthier position, and are sometimes used in treating TMJ disorder.
These are sometimes given to patients after treatment with braces and are worn on the roof of your mouth to encourage your teeth to maintain their corrected position.
If you’re interested in learning more about orthodontics or would like a consultation for an orthodontic procedure,
Dr. Pham is a friendly and knowledgeable resource for all of your orthodontic needs.
Schedule an appointment today by calling the office of Crownridge Dental at (210) 538-7500 or use the convenient online booking tool.