Orthodontic treatment can improve both the appearance and function of your smile. Braces and other oral tools are used to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues. They straighten teeth, close gaps in your smile, and correct misaligned bites. We offer orthodontics at Lake View Dental Associates in Lakeview, IL, where Dr. Scott Emalfarb and Dr. Arielle Wulfsohn can enhance the beauty and function of your smile through orthodontic treatment.
How Orthodontic Treatment Helps
Many people associate orthodontic treatment with achieving a more pleasing smile. Orthodontics does more than just improve aesthetics. Many issues, such as crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, can actually affect tooth function and even cause discomfort. For example, alignment issues, such as an overbite or underbite, can place tension on the jaw and lead to jaw pain and headaches. Correcting bite alignment alleviates tension on the jaw, as well as the problems it causes. It also helps the teeth perform biting and chewing functions more efficiently.
Another way orthodontic treatment helps your smile is by making it easier to maintain better oral health. It can be difficult to thoroughly brush and floss between and around teeth that are crowded together. Additionally, there are more places for food debris and cavity-causing bacteria to hide. Orthodontic treatment can help by straightening crooked teeth and improving spacing in an overcrowded smile.
Orthodontic treatment can address a diverse range of problems. Some of the issues treated with orthodontics at our office in Lakeview include:
- Crooked teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Excess spacing between teeth
- Teeth that are in the wrong position
- Bite misalignment (overbites, underbites, crossbites)
- Jaw alignment problems
Braces are a common orthodontic treatment option. They are affordable and are the most effective option for treating certain issues, such as severe bite misalignment. Several types of braces are available to meet different needs and preferences. Examples include traditional metal braces, clear braces, and lingual braces. Our experienced dentists can determine if braces are needed to correct specific orthodontic issues. If so, they can help you select the type that is right for you.
If you are interested in orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance and function of your smile, we can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Emalfarb or Dr. Wulfsohn to learn more about orthodontics by calling Lake View Dental Associates in Lakeview, IL, at (773) 472-6322.