Orthodontics Erie, PA
Dr. Kevin Sambuchino provides orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents, and children. We follow the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists that children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. Early evaluation provides dentists with the information they need to plan any necessary treatment for children ahead of time.
Orthodontic issues can be a result of either genetic or environmental factors, and it’s important for proper diagnosis to take place before treatment begins.
The results from orthodontic treatment can be dramatic. Not only are the esthetics of a smile improved after orthodontics, but patients also enjoy better oral health because straight teeth are easier to take care of than those that are misaligned.
Treatment typically lasts from six to 30 months, depending on the age of the patient and the severity of the orthodontic problem.
Whether you have young children who need to be evaluated or you are an adult who has been living with a misaligned jaw or crooked teeth your entire life, we invite you to give us a call. Come to Lake Erie Dental for a consultation!
The Importance of Timing for Orthodontic Treatment
Treatments are now available for younger patients, and these can help certain conditions from worsening. For example, treating young children while their bodies are still growing means additional treatment in the future can often be eliminated.
Common Orthodontic Corrections
Some of the most common orthodontic corrections include the following conditions.
When the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth, this is referred to as an overbite. It is also called a deep bite. It can be corrected by moving the front teeth up and moving the back teeth together to ensure proper alignment between upper and lower teeth.
It’s essential to correct overbite because:
- It can prevent the front teeth from functioning properly.
- It can lead to tissue problems if the lower front teeth bite into the upper palate.
- It can cause jaw or joint problems.
- It can cause the lower front teeth to unduly wear down.
Lower teeth protrude past upper teeth in an underbite. Solutions include jaw growth modifications, teeth extraction, and sometimes surgical correction.
Correcting this issue early is recommended because the condition can:
- Cause undue wear of the teeth because front teeth and molars are often not functioning properly
- Cause problems with the temporomandibular joint (the joint where the jaw connects with the skull)
- Make chewing difficult
Crossbite is present when one or more teeth on the upper jaw meet at the inside of the lower teeth. It can cause premature wear of teeth and lead to gum disease and bone loss. Braces can move the tooth or teeth into the correct position; in some cases, a retainer is adequate.
Children who suck their thumbs or thrust their tongues are often subject to openbite, where there is an insufficient vertical overlap between the upper and lower teeth. Growth modification of the jaws, as well as breaking the oral habit that caused the condition, are effective for correction.
Are You Ready for Straighter Teeth?
Contact Lake Erie Dental to arrange an orthodontic consultation for you or a family member.