Frequently Asked Questions
- Saving space for teeth that haven’t erupted yet.
- Add width to the lower or upper arches to eliminate crowding.
- Establish extra room for new adult teeth.
- Minimize the chance of trauma to any protruding teeth.
- Improving and correcting minor speech issues.
- Encouraging jaw growth to establish facial symmetry.
- Eliminate the chance of possible tooth extractions of adult teeth later on.
- Lessening treatment time for braces.
- Stopping thumb and finger sucking.
According to studies completed by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can create a host of dental issues including:
- Open-bites can be responsible for eating problems, tongue-thrusting, and speech impediments.
- Over-jet affected teeth are more likely to experience accidental trauma.
- Crowded teeth provide a host of hiding places for dental bacteria. They present a much trickier surface area for brushing and flossing, contributing to greater instances of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Uneven tooth wear, enamel damage and undesirable growth can occur with crossbites and overbites.
- Misaligned or crowded teeth along with excessive overjet (“bucked teeth”) or underbite can have a negative impact on a young patient’s developing self-esteem.
- Bucked teeth or crowded, misaligned teeth with a visible underbite or overjet can negatively affect a person’s self-esteem at any age.