Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that treats conditions where there is a misalignment of the teeth and jaw. If your teeth and jaw are not properly aligned, it makes it harder to keep your teeth clean. It can also put undue stress on the muscles and joints used for chewing. This can lead to headaches, neck pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and shoulder and back pain. Furthermore, misaligned teeth can detract from your overall appearance. Galloway Dental are experts in this kind of treatment. We can work with you to find the best treatment for your dental issues and to give you a healthy smile for life.

How Do I Know if I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

a woman smiling while a dentist gives her orthodontic treatmentThis kind of treatment solves problems where there is a misalignment of the teeth and or jaw. To determine if you need orthodontic treatment in Mesquite, TX, the dentist will review your medical history, dental history, and X-rays, perform a full clinical exam, take photographs, and possibly make a plaster model of your teeth.

Although only your dentist can determine if you need an orthodontist in Mesquite, TX, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Crowding – Crowding occurs when you have too many teeth, leading to overlapped and crooked teeth
  • Overbite – Overbite is also referred to as “buck teeth.”  It gets this nickname because the front teeth jut over the bottom teeth
  • Underbite – In this condition, the upper teeth lean behind the bottom teeth
  • Crossbite – The upper teeth are not properly aligned with the lower teeth when biting down
  • Open bite – This occurs when back teeth close, but a gap between the front teeth or side teeth remains
  • Misplaced midline – The occurs when your four front and center teeth do not align to create a straight line
  • Spacing – Spaces between the teeth can result from missing teeth or teeth that don’t fill up the mouth

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?

Orthodontic devices work by gently applying pressure over an extended period to the teeth, muscles, and bones of the jaw. Orthodontic devices can come in a removable or fixed format. Your dentist at Galloway Dental can help you to determine the best option.

Fixed Appliances

The orthodontist applies fixed appliances designed to remain in place for a period of months to years.

One of the most common types of orthodontic appliances is braces. Consisting of wires and brackets with aid from rubber bands, braces fix directly to the teeth and slowly tightened over time, moving the teeth into the proper alignment. Prior to installing the braces or in the process of realignment, your dentist may need to remove some of your teeth.

Another common dental appliance is fixed space maintainers. These maintainers are necessary when a child’s baby tooth falls out before the adult tooth starts to come in. The maintainers will ensure the space stays open until the adult tooth comes in.

Removable Appliances

Fixed appliances aren’t the only dental appliances on the market. Removable appliances include aligners, jaw repositioning appliances, and retainers.

Aligners serve as an alternative to braces. They are plastic trays, which are usually invisible, that slip over the wearer’s teeth. For the wearer’s convenience, they may remove the aligners for greater comfort during meals and oral hygiene routines.

Jaw repositioning appliances are essentially splints placed along the jaw. They encourage the jaw to grow inward. This kind of appliance helps relieve TMJ.

Retainers are typically worn after the removal of braces. Retainers consist of plastic trays worn on the upper set of teeth to prevent the shifting of the teeth into their prior, misaligned positions.

What to Expect from Orthodontic Devices

The dentist will determine the best orthodontic device for your needs. Typically, a mold will be created, then a device created and either affixed to the teeth or inserted in the mouth. At Galloway Dental, we perform orthodontics as well as other dental procedures, such as

Call Galloway Dental today at 469.273.1376 for orthodontic treatment or other dental treatments.  We will be happy to serve you and your oral health!