Many adults find themselves needing orthodontic work, either as a result of a condition not treated while they were growing up, or because of a problem that emerged later in life. Whatever the cause, and regardless of the age of the patient, Dr. Robirds and his staff can take care of any orthodontic problem using:
Used to straighten crooked teeth and improve spacing, braces can dramatically improve the appearance and function of your teeth. Proper orthodontic treatment, even when undertaken later in life, can dramatically reduce tooth-wear over time. This in turn decreases the likelihood of tooth loss later in life. It may take an adult's teeth slightly longer to move into proper alignment than a child's, but adults can still achieve the same excellent results. Modern braces are designed to be thin, lightweight, and comfortable. In addition, many new, less conspicuous materials are being used in braces, such as tooth-colored or clear synthetic sapphire, and, of course, Invisalign®.
The advent of Invisalign ushered in a new era of Orthodontic treatment in the late 1990's. Using clear plastic trays to move teeth instead of appliances fixed to the teeth opened the door to greater possibilities for treatment that sounded more appealing to adults who long wanted straight teeth and a pretty smile, but did not want to go through traditional braces. As the technology improved, so did the results. The aligners ( or trays) are worn on a full time basis and changed out every 2-3 weeks to the next set in the order. We typically see our patients every 4-6 weeks to deliver new aligners and check the progress. With consistent wear from the patient and keeping a timely schedule, the results can be beautiful!
The possible causes of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders range from a dislocated joint and bruxism (grinding of the teeth) to a breakdown in the cartilage of the joint. Treatments for this painful condition are just as varied as the causes and are determined by the needs of the individual patient. A mild case of TMJ disorder can often be treated with anti-inflammatory medication and jaw relaxation exercises. A conscientious commitment to effective stress management can also slow its progression. Because TMJ disorder is often exacerbated by the presence of a cross bite or other malocclusion (bite irregularity), some patients may require orthodontic treatment to achieve long-term relief. If you suffer from chronic head or neck aches, extremely sensitive teeth, or jaw pain, contact our office today to for further information about treatment for TMJ disorders or to schedule a consultation.