When teeth are not straight or the bite is not aligned, your smile may be prone to dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease. Over time, you may suffer from tooth loss, and chewing and speech can be affected. The imbalanced bite can put pressure on the jaw joint, increasing the risk of TMJ disorders. Dr. Martirosyan, our Glendale braces dentist, may recommend braces.
Braces are a versatile type of orthodontic treatment that can straighten teeth and correct bite problems. They are used to align the upper and lower jaws, to close gaps between teeth and to create healthy spacing. A healthy bite contributes to better dental health. Dr. Martirosyan, our expert in braces in Glendale, can explain your orthodontic treatment options at your consultation.
The process begins with an evaluation. Dr. Martirosyan, our Glendale braces dentist, will take dental X-rays and examine your teeth and bite. This allows us to determine the extent of the malocclusion and identify tooth irregularities. Orthodontic treatment generally begins between eight and 14 when the jaw is still growing. This allows us to better guide the growth of the jaw and ensure adequate spacing. However, you can continue to have orthodontic treatment throughout life, including in adulthood.
The braces will be applied at a later appointment. These appliances are bonded to the teeth, and an archwire is attached to the individual brackets and used to apply pressure to the teeth. This causes the jawbone to adjust to accommodate the teeth in their proper positions. Gradual adjustments will keep the teeth moving in the right direction. Dr. Martirosyan, our expert in braces in Glendale, will explain the best way to take care of your teeth. You may need to avoid foods that could damage your braces, such as popcorn and hard candy, and you will also need to maintain excellent dental hygiene.
If your teeth are not straight or you have a bite that does not meet properly, you may be a candidate for braces. Call us to schedule your orthodontic consultation with Dr. Martirosyan, our dentist in Glendale.