Orthodontic treatment is about more than just improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Bite and alignment issues can impact your oral health and even affect your nutrition. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, the dentists at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, offer braces as well as general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family.
Fix Your Smile and Oral Health with Braces in Norfolk, MA
Orthodontic problems like crowding or crooked teeth can make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene, which increases the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease by creating a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and plaque buildup.
Depending on the issue, some bite problems can cause pressure and damage to the joints that connect the upper and lower jaw (the temporomandibular joint), increasing your risk of TMJ disorder. In younger children, problems like an overbite or protruding teeth can also increase the risk of soft tissue injuries to the tongue, lips, or cheeks from impact during a fall or from sports injuries.
Types of Bite and Alignment Problems Corrected by Braces
Bite problems result when the upper and lower jaw don't match or align properly when the mouth is closed. Braces and orthodontic therapy helps to gradually shift the teeth into the correct alignment. Although childhood is the best time to get orthodontic treatment, it is never too late, and many people get braces in adulthood to correct bite issues.
Braces can be used for bite problems including:
- Excessive spacing
- Open bite
Find a Dentist in Norfolk, MA
For more information about braces and the benefits of orthodontic treatment, contact Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry by calling (508) 850-6992 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Minda Sapir or Dr. Shabtai Sapir today.