What is Orthodontics?
Learn about receiving the highest level of orthodontics treatment in Colorado Springs at Skelton Orthodontics:
Orthodontics is a form of dentistry that specializes in preventative and developmental care, as well as the correction of one’s jaw, bite, and teeth. Since orthodontists have the proper training, they are able to correct any abnormalities or disorders of the face and jaw. Patients who see their general dentists regularly may be referred to an orthodontist if there is additional work outside of their expertise that can or should be done. Orthodontists help enhance the “orofacial” appearances of their patients. For patients to receive the best results and care, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that each individual consults with an orthodontist by seven years of age.
Orthodontic Treatments Available at Skelton Orthodontics
Colorado Springs orthodontist, Thomas E. Skelton, DDS, MS, provides the following gentle and advanced orthodontic treatments:
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
Patients who have orthodontic problems are often told they have a malocclusion, or in other words, a “bad bite.” When a patient sees an orthodontist, they may be provided orthodontic treatment for the following:
- Extra teeth
- Missing teeth
- An underbite
- An overbite
- Jaw joint disorders
- A misaligned jaw
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
The Appropriate Age for Braces
People of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment; however, the best age for an individual to get braces is between 10 and 14 years of age. Since adults have already developed the placing of their teeth, facial bones, and jaw structure, it’s best for children to undergo braces at a younger age instead of waiting until adolescence or adulthood. By getting braces at the recommended age, one may not require as many treatments as some adults do.
Different Types of Braces
Fixed orthodontic appliances, which are often referred to as braces, come in these three different forms:
Brackets come in either plastic or metal and can be clear or the color of one’s tooth. These are bonded onto each tooth.
Bands cover almost all of the teeth with metal bands wrapping around each one.
Lingual braces are brackets that placed on the back side of the teeth. Instead of being in direct site, they are attached to the teeth from behind.
Each type uses a wire that ultimately helps the teeth move into the correct position so that the teeth are straightened and aligned properly.
Braces and Oral Healthcare
Once braces have been applied to the teeth, one must be aware of the extra care that is necessary in order to reduce, and/or eliminate any health problems that may come about. Listed below are some tips for providing optimal care:
- Individuals should brush their teeth after each and every meal of the day, as food can easily get stuck in between the brackets.
- Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush is crucial when looking to avoid dental concerns.
- Brushing the teeth in a circular motion as opposed to back and forth can help clean in between each tooth and bracket, which keeps the teeth healthy and prevents any buildup of plaque along the brackets.
- Once a toothbrush’s bristles have become frayed, it’s recommend that the toothbrush is replaced with a new one. On average, toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months regardless if one has braces.
- Flossing daily between the braces and teeth is important to prevent gingivitis, which causes inflammation of the gums, as well as promotes cavities.
- Dental cleanings are recommended every six months.
- Reducing starch and sugar intake can reduce the debris that eventually decays teeth.
- Sticky and hard candies should be avoided at all costs as they may break or damage dental equipment that’s in the mouth. Common foods to avoid are hard candy, gum, chewy candies, caramel, nuts, popcorn and anything else that may be questionable.
Contacting Dr. Tom Skelton
To schedule a thorough free orthodontics evaluation with Dr. Tom Skelton at Skelton Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, please call 719-487-9303.