Orthodontics (Teeth Straightening)
Do you know that most of us have at least one or two teeth that are out of optimum alignment? The matter of fact is that many of us have a few crooked or crowded teeth. There are various reasons for this, and some of these are perfectly preventable. For the unpreventable causes, there are ways to treat crooked teeth so that our mouths have the most optimal alignment and therefore operate most efficiently.
Common causes of crooked teeth
Crooked teeth may due to genetic, or they may be a result of how we live or care for our teeth. Some of the most common causes for crooked teeth are:
- Sucking your thumb - The habit is most often practiced by young children, and could take a serious toll on the teeth as time goes by. Prolonged sucking on the thumb could pull the teeth forward and cause them to go out of alignment. This is one of the leading causes of“buck teeth.” If your child does this, you could help to prevent crooked teeth down the road by making sure that they are not sucking their thumbs, especially when they lose their baby teeth and adult teeth are starting to grow.
- Repeated pressing of the tongue against the teeth - The tongue is one of the most active and strongest muscle in the body, and it can press and move teeth, especially in early childhood. Observe your child as he or she grows, and ensure that their talking and chewing are progressing properly. As early as possible, visit your dentist and get advice from him or her on any predictions about problem areas to watch out for and can be prevented. The dentist may recommend x-ray if suitable and safe for your child.
- Early or premature lost of baby teeth - Most baby teeth fall out just before the adult tooth is ready to grow in. This allows the adult tooth to grow into the right spot and position. Losing the baby teeth far before the adult teeth are completely ready to grow in may cause the adult teeth to drift in the gums and not growing properly into their positions.
- Extra adult teeth - Although most people will have a maximum of 32 adult teeth in their lifetime, some people are born with or develop extra teeth. This leads to crowding and ultimately crooked teeth as there is not enough space in the jaw for all the teeth.
- Missing adult teeth - As opposed to the phenomenon above, some people are born with fewer adult teeth. This leaves gaps in the jaw, and causes other teeth to be pushed out or drift out of alignment
- Extra large adult teeth - If one has naturally larger teeth, there may not be enough room in the jaw for all the teeth, causing misalignment or crookedness.
- Small jaw - Having a small jaw would mean that even normal-sized adult teeth may have difficulty growing into the proper alignment.
Why Should Crooked Teeth be Treated?
In addition to looking good, straight, properly aligned teeth helps to ensure healthy teeth, encourages proper dental health and also allows you to chew better. This is because the jaw is designed to have teeth that, when the jaw is closed, align against each other fairly well. The alignment of your teeth may affect your overall health and well being.
Let's understand further why crooked teeth should be corrected. Teeth that are out of alignment may cause problems, especially in your jaw joint and in your mouth’s overall health. Crowded teeth can catch and hide particles of food, while also make it harder to floss and brush properly to release the trapped particles. This may result in a higher likelihood of cavities and eventually, decay and further problems with the gums. They can even make it difficult to chew food properly or in some cases, cause you to break a tooth.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontia or orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatments work by straightening or moving teeth to their optimal position to improve the appearance and function of the teeth. The treatment can be done by many sorts of appliances, which most people call a 'brace'. The best time to start treatment is generally during childhood, but it is possible for adults to have orthodontic treatment too. In fact, more and more are doing so, especially with the help of invisible aligners. Age is less important than having the right number of teeth. In children it may be necessary to wait for enough teeth to come through before starting treatment.
Why Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, and have been used to improve the smiles of over 5.5 million people globally. As its name suggests, the treatment work by using clear, virtually invisible aligners (the braces in this case). These aligners are removable and cause less pain than traditional metal braces typically used in orthodontic treatments. This means that you have the freedom to continue doing the things you love, without having to hold back. Planning a fancy dinner party this holiday season? No worries - just remove the aligners, enjoy the delicious food and drinks, and when you are done, simply clean (brush or floss) your teeth before putting the aligners back on.
Invisalign treatments are also made more predictable and accurate with the help of the ClinCheck software. Your dentist will use this software to map out the path to your smile, right down to the tiniest shift, from your first aligner to your brand-new smile. What this also means is that you do not have to visit your dentist as often (typically one visit every 6-8 weeks), freeing up your schedule to pursue your passions in life.
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The Elements Dental promise
We understand that dental treatments can seem daunting, and you may have a lot of questions on your mind. This is why at Elements Dental, you will be given all the information that you need to make an informed decision. We have extensive experience improving smiles for years, and our approach to comprehensive dentistry ensures that while your orthodontic treatment is taking place, that your overall oral health is also well taken care of.
Have a question on the cost of Invisalign in Singapore? Or want to know more about the process? We will answer your queries and walk through the whole treatment process with you. So that you are confident and comfortable with your treatment decision, whichever it may be. Because we believe that you are the most important element in your oral health.