What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontic care is a practice of dentistry that addresses bite malocclusions. This includes conditions like crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth, as well as overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Because misaligned teeth are harder to clean, these issues can lead to plaque buildup, gum disease, and even tooth decay.
While a straight smile can help with your confidence, it can also help you enjoy a lifetime of healthier smiles. By correcting bite malocclusions now, you can save money on costly dental procedures later!
Types of Orthodontic Treatment & Appliances
Every patient’s smile needs are different, which means that orthodontic treatment is not one-size-fits-all. At DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics, we customize an orthodontic care plan especially for you! We have many types of orthodontic treatment for every lifestyle.
Clear aligners fit comfortably over your teeth and blend into your smile. Wearing clear aligners for 20-22 hours a day is a proven way to gain a more natural smile. We offer Invisalign and Spark aligners.
Damon® System Braces
Damon System Braces are similar to traditional metal braces but have an innovative self-ligating design. Instead of the wire being held in place with elastic ties, Damon System brackets open and shut like a door. This means easier cleaning, more comfortable treatment, and fewer tightening appointments!
Damon® Clear Braces
Damon Clear Braces have the same self-ligating design but also have brackets made from a clear ceramic material that blends into the natural color of your teeth. This option is great for patients who want a low-key orthodontic treatment option but weren’t the right fit for clear aligners.
Did you know that according to the American Association of Orthodontists, your child should visit an orthodontist by the time they are 7 years old? By this age, we can detect problems such as missing teeth, crowding, jaw malocclusions, and more. If your child needs some guidance to ensure that their teeth and jaw are developing properly, early treatment may be a good option.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t finished after you’re done with braces or Invisalign! Wearing a retainer is necessary to keep your beautiful new smile intact. We offer removable retainers such as Essix, Vivera, and Zendura, as well as permanent retainers.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Regardless of what orthodontic treatment you get, they operate under a similar principle. The braces or aligners apply gentle, consistent pressure on the teeth over time. The teeth naturally respond to this pressure and shift into the proper alignment.
Should You Seek Orthodontic Treatment?
One of the biggest misconceptions about orthodontic care is that it only improves the aesthetic of your smile. The truth is that there are even more benefits of straight teeth! Getting orthodontic treatment also benefits your long-term health.
Bite misalignments are often the underlying cause of TMJ, chronic headaches, tooth wear, and a higher risk of oral injuries. Here are some signs that your bite could benefit from orthodontic treatment:
- Crooked and crowded teeth
- Gapped or spaced out teeth
- Overbite or underbites
- Missing teeth
Get Premium Orthodontic Treatment in Clovis and Fresno
If you’ve been dreaming of a more radiant smile, orthodontic care can help you achieve those goals! Getting orthodontic treatment is the best investment you can make in your health and your appearance.
At DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics, we know that every patient is unique, which is why you’ll always get the most individualized orthodontic treatment in Fresno and Clovis. If you’re ready to take the first step toward a happier and healthier smile, schedule a complimentary consultation with us today!