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orthodontics

Ortho 101

Why Orthodontics?

  • To protect your health. Straight teeth and proper jaw alignment are the foundations of good oral health. Crooked or crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain and can result in tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of teeth, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints (TMJ). These can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain.
  • To minimize costs. Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required to treat long term, dental problems arising from neglected orthodontic issues.
  • To enhance your looks. For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics.
  • To boost your self esteem. After your orthodontic treatment, you’ll feel more self-confident and experience a greater sense of well being.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. Whether removable or bonded directly to your teeth, they work by placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to slowly move teeth into their new position.

This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when heavy, metal bands and brackets were placed around each tooth. Today, wires are also less noticeable and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from 18-24 months, depending on the growth of the patient and the severity of the problem. Patient compliance is the most important factor in achieving effective treatment. This includes regular orthodontic visits, consistent brushing and flossing, eating the right foods, prompt repair of broken appliances, and diligent use of prescribed appliances.

Appointments are typically scheduled in 4 to 10 week intervals due to the advanced orthodontic techniques used by Dr. Lamparski. This means fewer appointments and less time away from school or work.