Braces placed by your orthodontist Dr. Amborn are used to correct malocclusions, sometimes referred to as a bad bite. A malocclusion simply refers to teeth that are out of alignment; this includes teeth that are crowded, gapped, or crooked. Other malocclusions may include oral issues such as the patient having straight teeth, but their upper and lower jaws do not meet properly.
Malocclusion left untreated can cause a cascade of tooth problems throughout your life, including:
How do braces work?Braces are designed to be effective through controlled pressure. Dr. Amborn begins with evaluating your bite, taking into consideration any teeth that have yet to erupt. Once an orthodontic plan has been customized to your needs, Dr. Amborn will place small brackets (the brackets are available in metal or tooth-colored) onto your teeth, cementing them on for a firm hold. Wires are connected to the brackets, and these wires are the tool that will allow us to gradually move your teeth.
Over a period of multiple months, Dr. Amborn will regularly have the patient come in for wire tightenings, pulling the teeth into the desired position. The tightenings can be temporarily uncomfortable for the patient, but the results are beneficial.
When should I take my child to see an orthodontist?Parents are often surprised to hear this, but we would like to see your child for an orthodontic checkup by age 7. This age may sound young, but there are steps that we can take when your child is young to help guide their permanent teeth into a better bite, potentially saving you and your child time and money.