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Family Dental Services Can Help You Sort Through Orthodontic Options

Author : Stephen Daniels


We've come a long way since the days of kids with braces being called "metal mouth," and weekly struggles to change teeny tiny rubber bands with not so tiny fingers. Today's orthodontics (from the Greek, orthos, meaning "straight or proper," and odous, or "tooth") offer several more options for patients of all ages. Family dental services can be your guide to researching what is the best treatment for you or your child.

A lot of myths have grown up around orthodontics. Here are some:

* Myth: Braces are for kids. Fact: In actually one in five patients are adults

* Myth: Braces are magnetic or can be little radio stations. Fact: Even the metal braces aren't made of magnetic materials and so far no one has been able to download iTunes to their appliances.

* Myth: Braces are painful and it takes years to do the job. Fact: After the first adjustment period, which is akin to breaking in new shoes, braces can be comfortable. Pain-free dentistry is not only a goal for patients but for practitioners! Also, modern technology has made most courses of treatment much shorter.

* Myth: Braces are ugly and can look unprofessional for adults Fact: The various tooth colored or clear brackets, such as the Invisaligns, make braces pretty low profile. There are also "linqual" versions that are attached to the back of your teeth.

The idea that braces are for kids has pretty much gone by the wayside, and most agree it's never too late to improve on what nature has given you. Orthodontists do recommend that children between 7 and 8 be given an exam to determine whether some early intervention is required. If the dental arch is too small to accommodate permanent teeth later on, or the jaw is growing improperly, treatment at this age can adjust these structures.

If braces are necessary in adolescence to complete the job, the duration and cost of that phase will be less than if the earlier work had not been done.

With some specialized training, a general dentist can diagnose and treat some problems with the alignment of the teeth or jaw. These malocclusions, or bad bites, can be a result of genetics or acquired after birth through accidents, loss of baby teeth too soon or too late or even thumb sucking that is carried on into the toddler years. Your family dentist can also manage the clear bracing process, which begins with 3D images to design these custom appliances. If early childhood jaw realignment has been performed, some general dentists can also handle adolescent or adult orthodontia.

Today's braces may not be the railroad "tracks" of yesteryear, but your family dentist can help you get on the right treatment track to good dental and jaw health.


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If you are looking for orthodontics services in Portland Oregon, internet marketing strategist Stephen Daniels suggests West Hills Dental Center. Specializing in family dental services, their experienced staff offers a range of anxiety-free treatments for adults and children alike.

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