All About Orthodontics By Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Greg Ceyhan

As one of the foremost cosmetic dentists in Arizona, Dr. Ceyhan has a special interest in the field of orthodontics. His skill in the creation of aesthetically perfect smiles is enhanced by a deep understanding of how alignment of the teeth and jaw can be crucial to that perfect look.

Man’s attempts to change the alignment of his teeth dates back thousands of years. Archaeologists have even discovered mummies whose teeth were wired to align them better. Writings of Hippocrates dating back to 400 BC refer to attempts made to straighten teeth. He would be amazed at the state-of-the-art orthodontic methods used today in Glendale Arizona!

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper alignment of the teeth and jaw, resulting in an improper bite. Orthodontic treatment may include using braces to apply gentle tension to the teeth, which over time will move them into proper position, and treating and controlling various aspects of facial growth and the shape and development of the jaw.

The initial consultation with an orthodontist generally consists of a visual evaluation of the patient’s teeth and facial structure, followed by a discussion of treatment options. If the orthodontist requires more in-depth information, or the patient chooses to begin treatment, diagnostic records are then taken of the patient. These diagnostic tools, consisting of x-rays, molded models of the patient’s teeth, and photographs of the patient’s face and teeth, are used by the orthodontist to formulate a treatment plan to present to the patient. The orthodontist will then explain the recommended orthodontic treatment plan and let you know how long treatment is expected to last. He will also review cost estimates and insurance coverage, and answer any questions you may have.

Braces are used to move teeth into the ideal position and align how they bite together. Misalignment of the teeth, also known as malocclusion, can affect more than just the appearance of your smile. Misaligned teeth and an incorrect bite may contribute to gum disease, tooth decay, jaw pain, tooth pain, difficulty chewing, speech impediments, and sleep apnea. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should contact your dentist to determine the cause.

Furthermore, braces play a more important role in general health than most people realize, for example preventing gum disease helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Orthodontic treatment is used to correct health problems and to ensure proper functioning of the mouth. Having correctly aligned teeth that fit together properly, improves oral hygiene and enables proper chewing and digesting of food. However, many people seek out an orthodontist for aesthetic reasons, as orthodontic treatment often improves facial appearance and occasionally is performed for solely cosmetic purposes.

Some characteristics of an ideal bite would be, teeth that fit together comfortably without crowding or spacing, with the teeth of the upper jaw slightly overlap those of the lower jaw.

With some orthodontic problems, early intervention is recommended, which is why orthodontists suggest an early orthodontic evaluation. But braces aren’t just for children, presently, 20% of orthodontic patients are over 18. Orthodontists can treat patients ranging in age from early childhood right through adults in their 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s. Along with traditional braces there are many options available that are designed to meet the lifestyle needs of adults, such as Invisilign and ClearCorrect. Just because your lifestyle and needs are different than a child’s doesn’t mean that you’ve missed the opportunity to have straight, perfect teeth, but it does mean that you need a program designed for an adult. Beautiful, perfectly aligned teeth, healthy teeth and gums, improved facial structure, and enhanced self-confidence are just few of the various benefits of correcting your teeth with orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment can help maintain health throughout your lifetime. Studies show that people who have had braces look and feel better about themselves and live longer lives.

One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. Orthodontic treatment can give you that smile you have always dreamed of.

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17100 N 67th Ave, Suite 500
Glendale, Arizona 85308

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