Orthodontics, What’s The Difference?

There are some things about ourselves that we just accept over time. We may have one eye that is slightly higher than the other, or an ear may be shaped differently than the one on the other side. We might have a dimple (or not) or freckles sprinkled across our face (or not).

There may be things about your smile that you have learned to just live with, too. Maybe your teeth don’t line up when your jaws are together, or they’re not perfectly straight, or you have a gap between your teeth in a conspicuous place.

So, should you really accept any of these things? You don’t have to; plastic and cosmetic services exist to bring symmetry to your face, and orthodontic treatment exists to help treat these things and others that can affect the appearance of your smile.

Breathe Modern Dentistry offers patients modern orthodontic treatment to achieve straight and beautiful smiles.

Wait, Don’t You Mean Braces? 

Yes, but not conventional braces that you may have had when you were younger. Our orthodontic treatment is a little different; it’s modern, just like our name.

Orthodontic treatment is a specialized dental approach that helps address dental irregularities and unbalanced bites through braces or oral appliances.

Orthodontic treatment can also straighten your smile, bringing symmetry back to its appearance. Orthodontics can also improve your oral health, as crowded and crooked teeth can be more challenging to clean, which, over time, can lead to periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Other things that orthodontics can help with include treating teeth that do not fit together correctly. When your teeth do not properly fit together, it can cause pain and jaw problems, difficulty eating and chewing, head and back pain, and jaw disorders such as temporomandibular joint disorder.

Crooked teeth, along with unbalanced bites, often contribute to breathing issues such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Controlled Arch Orthodontics is different from traditional treatments. Orthodontists commonly recommend this approach for things such as:

  • Underbites
  • Open bites
  • Crossbites
  • Dental crowding
  • Uneven spacing of teeth
  • Skeletal and dental asymmetries
  • Deep or overlapping bites
  • Jaws that are out of proportion/uneven
  • Protruding teeth
  • Poor oral habits, such as extended thumb-sucking or bottle or pacifier use
  • Poor oral rest posture
  • Mouth breathing

For Adults, Too

Orthodontic treatments are not just for teens! Many adults undergo orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance of their smiles. We believe you’re never too old to have a beautiful smile, and you’re never too old for orthodontic treatment.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatments traditionally include braces, clear aligners and oral appliances that help move teeth and retrain muscles. Some modern orthodontic treatment types can also help remodel jaw growth in adults and direct jaw development in children.

When you hear orthodontics, your mind probably immediately jumps to images of a mouth full of metal wires and brackets and painful trips to the orthodontist for adjustments. The ultimate goal of conventional orthodontic treatment is to straighten crooked teeth.

At Breathe Modern Dentistry, we offer Developmental, Controlled Arch and Refined orthodontics. These options are different from conventional treatments in a few ways. In this blog, we’re highlighting the difference between traditional orthodontics and Controlled Arch Orthodontics.

Controlled Arch Orthodontics

Controlled Arch doesn’t just focus on straightening your teeth like conventional braces. Instead, this approach addresses jaws that are too small — which, incidentally, is the reason teeth become crowded. Consider why: When your jaws do not grow to their full potential, there’s not enough room for your teeth to move to where your DNA tells them they should go.

Other Benefits of Controlled Arch Orthodontics Over Conventional Braces

Another effect of undersized jaws is a condition known as mid-face hypoplasia (also known as “mid-face deficiency”). When this issue with the mid-face occurs, eyes can seem large or bulgy, and the upper jaw and cheekbones are out of proportion to the rest of the face.

When the mid-face does not develop as intended, your upper teeth will not meet your bottom teeth, causing an underbite.

Controlled Arch Orthodontics can help correct issues with the mid-face by helping the jaws reach their intended potential and, in turn, allow enough space for all adult teeth.

As this treatment expands the jaw, it means no need for extractions or retractions, two situations that often occur with conventional braces. This makes this type of treatment ideal for children in particular, as they are not finished growing.

With crowded teeth resolved, your bite is corrected, which means the muscles and ligaments of your jaw joints and mouth relax and reduce your chance of developing a jaw disorder later in life. A corrected bite can also help to ease a jaw disorder like temporomandibular joint disorder that you may already have.

Controlled Arch Orthodontics can also improve the upper airway, which reduces the risk of developing sleep breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea.

Learn more about the benefits of Controlled Arch Orthodontics. Call us now to schedule an appointment or consultation.