Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the improper positioning of your teeth and jaw. These problems can lead to crooked teeth, improper bites, crowding of the teeth, and in general, a reduced quality of smile. At The Smile Company in Maryland Heights, Missouri, we have orthodontist specialists who have the training, experience and equipment to deal with such matters correctly.

The Need for Orthodontics

You need to see an orthodontist if you have crooked teeth. If you have crooked or crowded teeth, the teeth can overlap and that can be very difficult to clean properly. That eventually leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly teeth loss.

But that's not the only reason. Your bite needs to align properly as well. When you have an overbite or an underbite, you may have trouble when you're talking or chewing your food. You can also end up with too much clenching and grinding that wears down your teeth.

Possible Solutions

At The Smile Company, we have an array of solutions available that can straighten your teeth and improve your bite. We can correct the way your teeth fit together and how your jaws align. Our options include braces and aligners. We also offer simple devices such as retainers to keep your teeth in position. We also have headgear that will attach to your neck or head so that more force is applied to your teeth to move them in their proper position.

When you visit our clinic, we will take your medical history, and perform X-rays on your mouth to provide an accurate image of your mouth.

During the first consultation, we will check for any crowding of the teeth and measure just how much the teeth are jutting out. We will check to see if there's clicking or tenderness in the jaw muscle, as these are signs of grinding. We will also take note of how wide you can open your mouth.

After the consultation, our dentist will discuss with you all the possible treatment options. We will also discuss the cost of the treatment, the length of the treatment, and the particular goals of the orthodontic treatment.

Do You Need Orthodontic Treatment?

If your teeth or the teeth of your children are growing unevenly, then orthodontics may be necessary. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, at least half of all children need orthodontic treatment so that their teeth will become properly aligned. And these treatments are not just for children and teens. The AAO also reports that 20% of all orthodontic patients are adults.

If you have young children, it's best if they see our orthodontist as early as possible. They shouldn't go past seven years old without seeing an orthodontist, even if there are no problems that you can see. We can ensure that as your child's jaw develops properly and monitor the teeth's progress.

If you think your (or your child's) teeth are crooked, call us at (314) 254-4000. We can check the condition of your teeth and determine what kind of orthodontic treatment is most appropriate for you. At The Smile Company, we can make sure you will have straight teeth so you can chew your food properly and have a more confident smile.

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