Orthodontic dentistry helps address malocclusion, a dental condition where the teeth do not align correctly when the mouth is closed. It deals with facial and jawbone irregularities. Incorrect alignment of the teeth and jaw arches affects clear speech, chewing, and biting abilities. At Mark J. Escoto, DDS in Las Vegas, NV 89117, we provide comprehensive orthodontic treatments to restore your oral health and comfort.
Orthodontic Treatments at Mark J. Escoto, DDS
Traditional metal braces are very effective in straightening moderate to severe teeth misalignment. They consist of brackets made of metal or clear ceramic, fastened to the front surface of the teeth and connected by a flexible archwire. The wire puts constant pressure on the teeth to gradually shift them into alignment.
You may consider Invisalign® if you are looking for a more discreet method for teeth straightening. It involves the use of a series of clear plastic aligners. These orthodontic trays rest cozily over the teeth, working to align them. Invisalign is considered more convenient than metal braces and can deliver effective results.
Retainers are custom-made to fit securely around the teeth and help maintain their position following orthodontic treatment. Different retainers are available, including metal wires attached to plastic base or clear acrylic trays. When worn correctly, retainers prevent the teeth from shifting back to their previous positions. Retainers can keep your smile looking beautiful for decades to come.
Dental appliances like headgears can treat more complicated alignment problems such as overbites and underbites. With innovations in orthodontics and improved care, these appliances are now more understated and comfortable than ever, helping you straighten your teeth without wearing bulky equipment.
The Orthodontic Treatment Process
The process begins with Dr. Mark J. Escoto performing a comprehensive oral exam and discussing your goals and lifestyle. We will design a customized plan to correct your misalignment issues based on your needs and preferences. We also provide you with an estimated time frame for treatment.
Based on your chosen orthodontic treatment, we will either have your customized aligners fabricated or attach brackets and wires to your teeth. When treatment begins, you can expect some sensitivity and tenderness for a few days while adjusting to the extra pressure.
We will check your teeth's progress throughout several appointments and make adjustments to the orthodontic treatment. This may include changing the archwire, modifying your aligner trays, or adding bands and elastics to encourage movement.
When the ideal adjustments are achieved, we will remove any fixed appliances and brackets and create a retainer to support the teeth in their new position. You will be instructed to wear the retainer all the time except during meals for several months.
To learn more about our orthodontic treatments, visit Mark J. Escoto, DDS at 2650 Lake Sahara Dr #120, Las Vegas, NV 89117. You can also reachDentist in Las Vegas, NV at (702) 256-5353 and schedule an appointment.