Orthodontics Rockford

Braces And Orthodontic Services

Typically when someone is considering braces is because they are uncomfortable with their smile.

Braces and orthodontic services are smile makeover options designed to fix teeth and jaws that are improperly positioned. 

 

Unfortunately, our teeth are almost never naturally perfect. This causes problems with chewing, oral hygiene, and speaking

Did You Know: Misaligned teeth can cause headaches, TMJ syndrome, neck, shoulder and back pain!

Orthodontia is a branch of dentistry that deals with irregularities of the teeth and jaw. Whether you have one tooth out of place, or a completely misaligned bite, you may need braces or another type of aligning device to help straighten your teeth and prevent structural damage. 

When your bite isn’t normal, the contact your teeth make when chewing can cause them to be damaged easier. Our teeth are designed to be able to apply force to food when you chew and reduce that force on the surfaces of other teeth. 

 

So how can you find out if you need braces? Dr Thomas Chung will be able to tell you based on your dental history, X-rays and photographs, and a look into your mouth. 

 

At The Teeth People, you have a unique opportunity to be treated in a relaxed setting with a dentist who really cares about his patients and takes his time explaining everything.

While there are a number of different reasons why you would need braces, here's a few of the most common 

  • Underbite: When the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper teeth
     

  • Overbite: The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth
     

  • Crossbite: The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth
     

  • Openbite: Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap

Gaps, or spaces, between the teeth that do not "fill up" the mouth.

Spaced teeth problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic issue.

Occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum.  When teeth are misplaced or crooked, they become more difficult to clean effectively.

Crowding can often be corrected using braces.

Today, there are many orthodontic treatment options and depending on your circumstances you may be a great fit for a variety of teeth straightening solutions. Here at The Teeth People, we offer braces and removable aligners.

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Braces involve metal brackets being glued to your teeth on the upper, lower, or both sides in order to gently fix your bite alignment. Removable aligners, for example Invisalign, uses a mold to build invisible trays that you wear on your teeth at most times, which will fix alignment over time.

Ideally, your front teeth should be just barely in front of your back teeth when you bite to keep the two parts from contacting each other when you chew.

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