What Orthodontic Services Are Available?

Posted on May 3, 2024

Often when we hear the term “orthodontics,” we think primarily of braces. Although an orthodontist does provide braces treatments for patients, it’s important to be aware that there are other types of services that fall under this category as well. According to AARP, about 4 million Americans currently wear braces. Let’s learn more about braces and take a look at some of the other types of services that an orthodontist can help with as well.

Solutions for Crowding and Misaligned Teeth

One of the most common types of treatment that an orthodontist will perform is to reduce overcrowding of the teeth and treat misalignment. An orthodontist can provide an appliance that can realign the teeth and jaws to fix these problems. This can be done through the use of metal or ceramic braces. These devices apply pressure to the teeth and, over time, move them into the desired position.

Malocclusion Treatment

Another thing that an orthodontist can help with is the treatment of malocclusions. This is a condition in which the jaws don’t properly align. Malocclusions can include a crossbite, overbite, or underbite. They require treatment because they can impede proper chewing and eating. Jaw structure can progressively get worse over time if treatment isn’t performed.

Space Fillers

When baby teeth are lost, it may be necessary for an orthodontist to maintain space for some patients. This is often required when x-rays reveal that there will be overcrowding problems as adult teeth start coming in. Orthodontists can provide space fillers to prevent neighboring teeth from overgrowing. This procedure can ensure that adult teeth grow properly.

Lip and Cheek Bumpers

An orthodontist can also help with other mouth conditions that don’t involve the teeth or jaws. In cases where the lips or cheeks protrude into the teeth, an orthodontist can provide a lip and cheek bumper to relieve discomfort. This way lips and cheeks don’t come in contact with teeth.

Palatal Expanders

Another common type of orthodontic treatment is palatal expanders. This device can be put into the patient’s mouth to broaden the curve of the upper jaw. This device works on the bones and joints of the mouth to correct alignment.

These are just some of the services that an orthodontist can provide for you. If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment of any kind, contact Parker Orthodontics today to learn about the solutions we can provide for you. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!