Treatment

Why you should get orthodontic treatment

The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite - meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. This can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may improve self-esteem.

Why see Dr. Lundell?

There is no charge for the initial visit. At this time, Dr. Lundell will evaluate your needs to identify any problems that exist as well as the necessity and timing of treatment.  He provides a customized treatment plan that is designed to fit your timetable and family budget.  Excellent patient care is Dr. Lundell's primary goal. Patients are always seen by Dr. Lundell personally at each visit, and treated on an individualized basis.

Dr. Lundell loves seeing patients, even by age 7, for an early consult.  Treatment in children or teenagers who are still growing may yield results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth.

A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Even though adults are no longer growing, they can also enjoy improvements that come from orthodontic treatment. Your age is NOT a consideration for orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.

Why is treatment so important?

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.  Without a straight smile, you are far more likely to experience:

  •  Tooth Decay
  •  Gum (periodontal) Disease
  •  Crowns/ Restorative Work
  •  Tooth Loss

 

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?

Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.

Here are a few of the kinds of appliances commonly used.

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Braces generally have two components: brackets and wires. Today’s brackets can be made of metal or of tooth-colored ceramic. They are usually attached to the front of your teeth, but some can be “hidden” behind your teeth. Wires, which do the work of moving your teeth, are threaded through slots in the brackets. You will need to see your orthodontist periodically to adjust your wires.

Aligners
Aligners are generally made of a clear plastic or acrylic material, and are custom-shaped to your teeth. A series of aligners is necessary to reach treatment goals. Each aligner is worn for a few weeks. They progressively move teeth toward their desired positions. Aligners must be removed to eat, and to brush and floss. Because they are removable, patients must be sure to follow their orthodontist’s instructions on daily wear.

Retainers
Retainers preserve and stabilize your results from orthodontic treatment. They are the best way to control or limit changes in tooth position. Retainers can be removable or permanent. Removable ones can be traditional, with wires, or clear, similar to aligners. Permanent ones generally consist of wires bonded in behind either the bottom or top teeth. Wear your retainers as prescribed to maintain your healthy new smile.

Common
Orthodontic Issues

   
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Underbite Overbite
   
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Crowding Openbite
   
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Crossbite
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