Straighten your smile and protect your oral health with orthodontic treatment in Riverview Fl

Riverview

Orthodontics

Woman showing invisalign braces

Crooked teeth and malocclusion can have a significant impact on your smile, but they can also contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ dysfunction, and airway disorders. Dr. Milne and the Inspiration Dental team offer orthodontic treatment for patients in the Riverview, FL, area to protect their teeth and improve their smile.

How orthodontics improves your oral health

Facial muscles and jaw development in childhood affect the shape of your teeth and mouth, and while there are some genetic factors in play, good oral hygiene and habits can prevent many of these issues. Tooth decay and gum disease, thumb sucking, and poor diet can lead to dental crowding or crooked teeth. Healthy oral posture can also have a significant impact. Children who breathe through their mouth leave their jaw open throughout the day, which weakens the face and jaw’s support muscles.

Orthodontic treatment can correct these issues and often works best in adolescences when the jaw is still malleable. However, advances in braces allow dentists to correct alignment even in adulthood. By fixing these issues, your teeth will be easier to clean, and the jaw will fit together correctly when closed, which can reduce strain on your TMJ and help keep your airway open to prevent snoring and sleep apnea.

Types of braces

Advances in orthodontics have opened up many options for correcting alignment issues in your teeth. Some of the most common types are:

  • Traditional braces: These metal brackets and wires were a mainstay of dentistry for decades, and they are typically the most cost-effective method to correct your tooth and jaw alignment. Metal braces can be used to correct mild or advanced crooked teeth, crowding, and malocclusions. However, they are the most noticeable type of orthodontics.  
  • Lingual braces: these bracket and wire braces are placed behind the teeth, so they are less noticeable. They work similarly to traditional braces. However, it can be much more challenging to clean your teeth than with other orthodontic options, and the adjustment process often takes longer.
  • Invisalign: Also known as transparent braces, Invisalign uses clear aligner trays that are easily removable for cleaning and eating. Invisalign can often correct mild to moderate dental crowding and jaw alignment issues faster than metal braces, but patients with advanced problems may not be suitable candidates.

Dr. Milne will evaluate your condition with a physical exam, and Cone Beam CT scans to help you choose the best treatment choice for your smile. To learn more about our orthodontic treatments, contact our office in Riverview, FL, today at (813) 638-0313 to schedule your consultation.