Orthodontics is a sub-specialty of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of jaws and teeth. It is mostly associated with cosmetic dentistry, though most orthodontic problems are with actual oral health problems.
Although mostly not an aesthetic issue, gaps caused between teeth can be a hygiene and health problem as well. Food can get stuck in the gaps and cause plaque and tartar, the two main causes of periodontal disease.
While dentists can properly perform corrective procedures such as bonding to fill small gaps, orthodontists are the better professionals to take more severe gap cases to, as they have both better training and superior equipment.
Realignment of crowded teeth
Crowding happens when all your teeth cannot be held in a straight alignment due to lack of sufficient room in your mouth. It is both a cosmetic and hygienic problem that can be corrected using braces and other treatments offered by orthodontists.
Treatment for bruxism
Most enamel loss cases can be attributed to teeth grinding and clenching. Orthodontic checkups can help you detect bruxism and have it treated in time.
Orthodontists use corrective treatments such as braces and special headgear to improve teeth grinding caused by alignment problems.
Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and misplaced midlines are all described as malocclusion. Occlusion problems can badly ruin your smile and cause you difficulties biting and chewing. Some such as crossbites, open bites and overbites have been shown to catalyze wear on your molars.
Orthodontics could be the solution to your problem
Technology in orthodontics has advanced immensely over the years, and now virtually every orthodontic problem has a solution. The above issues can all be corrected by Forest Family Dentistry, your local orthodontic center in San Jose. Call us today at 408-993-1008 if you have a problem you feel needs attention.