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Many patients ask, "What is Orthodontics?"

There are many benefits to having straight, aligned teeth. Patients who have overcrowded or crooked teeth have a higher risk of developing cavities or periodontal disease. Poor bite can cause patients to experience more stress on the muscles and jaw, which can lead to problems such as headaches and temporomandibular jaw disorder, also known as TMD/TMJ. Additionally, misaligned smiles can have a poor cosmetic appearance. However, patients can now achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile with the help of orthodontics.

What is orthodontics? Orthodontics is a specific field of dentistry that works to realign the teeth and the jaw to provide optimal function of the smile. It can help patients achieve a healthier smile and better aesthetics.

At East Wichita Dentist, we understand that patients may be concerned about having orthodontic treatment done. However, the benefits of orthodontic treatment far outweigh the cons, which may include hiding the smile for months while addressing bite and alignment. At our practice, we offer traditional metal braces, as well as an alternative called Invisalign. It does not use wires and brackets to realign teeth, but rather utilizes clear, plastic aligner trays, which are worn over the dental arch for gentle repositioning of the teeth. This is a wonderful solution for teenagers and adults who want to straighten their teeth but want to straighten their smile discreetly. Invisalign can be used in instances where patients have mild to moderate misalignment of the dental arch and the bite.

Several conditions can be address with orthodontics, including overbite, cross bite, and under bite, as well as spacing, overcrowding, and a misplaced midline. Orthodontic treatment uses a fixed appliance to reposition the teeth, moving them into a more aesthetic location while improving the functionality of the teeth, bite, and jaw.

If you live in the Wichita area and you are considering orthodontic treatment such as traditional braces or Invisalign, contact us today to schedule a consultation visit and evaluation to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. We encourage new and existing patients to consider the benefits orthodontics can provide and do what’s right for their smile and oral health.
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