Braces and Orthodontic Services in Royal Palm Beach

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals specifically with misalignment and irregularities in our teeth and jaws. This usually means straightening crooked teeth, but orthodontic care has many other aspects that help keep our teeth – and overall health – in good shape. Oral health affects more than just our mouths, so it is vital to keep our teeth healthy.

If you are looking for braces and orthodontic services in Royal Palm Beach, the team of dentists and orthodontists at KA Dental is ready to help you get your oral health back on track!

Why Would I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

When orthodontic issues go unaddressed, they can lead to bigger problems. A misaligned bite (also called malocclusion) can affect how you chew and make it difficult to brush and floss effectively. Poor brushing habits and an inability to close your mouth properly can lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth decay, and other oral health concerns.

Orthodontics play an important part in oral health issues, but they can also affect more than just your mouth. Having misaligned teeth or an incorrect bite can create an overabundance of bacteria that spread and wreak havoc on the rest of your body. Mayo Clinic confirms that poor oral hygiene has been linked to other health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and even pneumonia and pregnancy complications.

Other dangers of having misaligned teeth include:

  • Higher risk of gum disease and cavities
  • Weaker tooth enamel
  • Higher risk of tooth or jaw injury
  • Frequent headaches and jaw aches
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Difficulty closing your mouth or smiling

Smiles and Your Self-Esteem

Another important factor to remember is that oral health can affect self-esteem issues. Improving your smile not only boosts your overall health but can give you a major boost in confidence and happiness.

It is always best to take care of any oral health issues as soon as you notice them so that no complications arise. Remember, preventative care can save you from future (and expensive) oral health problems!

Signs That You Should See an Orthodontist

There are many obvious signs that you should pay your dentist or orthodontist a visit, including:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb or pacifier sucking in children
  • Difficulty chewing or biting down
  • Difficult or uncomfortable speech
  • Mouth breathing
  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Popping or clicking noise in the jaw
  • Protruding or recessed jaw
  • Frequent cheek biting
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Inability or discomfort when trying to close lips
  • Teeth that do not line up when biting down
  • Teeth that protrude or stick out of the mouth
  • Odd spacing between teeth

How Are Orthodontic Issues Diagnosed?

Reviewing your dental records, assessing your symptoms, or taking X-rays of your teeth can help an orthodontist figure out if you need treatment. KA Dental’s team of dentists and orthodontic specialists is ready to work with you to determine if you need treatment – and then find a plan that suits you best.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Factoring in your health history, age, and diagnosis, your KA Dental orthodontist will create a customized treatment plan that fits your unique needs. Devices used to correct your oral health issues may include braces, retainers, mouthguards, and/or headgear. In some cases, surgery and teeth removal may be necessary to help treat a condition. Your orthodontist can determine which solution will work best for you.

Using Braces to Treat Orthodontic Issues

Although there are different treatment plans used to treat various oral issues, one of the most common methods is braces. Braces are devices that move your teeth into their ideal position slowly, over months or even years.

There are a few options for braces that your KA Dental orthodontist may offer you when planning your treatment:

  • Fixed Braces These are the most common types of braces. They consist of metal brackets that are glued to your teeth directly and linked with wires. They shift your teeth slowly over time. Colorful bands can be added over the brackets to make your braces more unique and show your personality.
  • Removable Braces These are pliable plastic trays that are molded to fit your teeth. They cover the roof of your mouth and clip to some of your teeth. The trays can be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing, but they are intended for minimal teeth movement.
  • Partial Braces Some people do not need a full set of braces. For instance, they may only need the top or bottom row adjusted. In these cases, a partial set of the braces listed above can be used to help align a small portion of the mouth.
  • Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment for Children – By age 7, children should have enough of their adult teeth for an orthodontist to evaluate the condition of their oral health. If treatment is necessary (such as braces or other corrective devices), the first phase will likely begin while their baby teeth are still present. The second phase begins when they are older and their teeth have grown and developed more.

Are Braces Expensive?

They don’t have to be! At KA Dental, we try to provide options that fit any budget or financial situation. We work closely with all major insurance plans and always seek the optimal benefits to keep treatment affordable and effective.

Call KA Dental to Make an Appointment Today

Take the opportunity now to protect your smile and your health. Our leading professionals are the best in the area, offering state-of-the-art techniques and the latest in orthodontic technology.

Available services at KA Dental include:

To meet our team and find out what orthodontic treatment is right for you, call our Royal Palm Beach office today at (561) 933-5383. You can also set up a consultation or request an appointment by using our online contact form.