A good smile can leave a lasting impression and that’s why it’s important to save your teeth and take care of them. Today, more kids and adults are receiving orthodontic treatment to correct poorly aligned teeth. By correcting poorly aligned teeth, you are gaining more than just a beautiful smile and the confidence that goes along with it. Properly aligned teeth can help prevent unnecessary wear; potentially reducing stress on certain teeth and TMJ.
Dr. Scott Norton (practicing Endodontist in Louisville, KY) highly recommends that children schedule a consult with an Orthodontist as more permanent teeth begin to erupt. Once braces have been placed on the teeth of a child or an adult, they must be kept very clean. Orthodontists place brackets on the teeth which then hold the wires that are necessary for movement. The brackets are a trap for food and bacteria which can quickly lead to tooth decay and gum disease. A more strict oral hygiene regimen should be established early on and followed through out the course of orthodontic treatment.
Many people wonder whether or not dental treatment can be done with braces on. The answer is “YES”! It’s especially important to maintain routine dental cleanings and exams every 6 months. If the situation arises, Dr. Norton can even perform a root canal on someone with braces. It’s good to consider orthodontics, just remember to brush often and don’t put off necessary dental visits during treatment.