Many patients do not know that straightening teeth can actually improve overall dental health. Rotated or crooked teeth provide hiding spaces for plaque and germs that may cause gum disease and other problems, as well as detracting from the appearance of the patient’s smile. We help orthodontic patients in Winter Park Florida to attain their brightest, healthiest smiles by offering a variety of systems to help straighten teeth.
Palatal expanders may be necessary to help correct tooth crowding without removing teeth. Palatal expanders may also help Winter Park orthodontic patients to align bite patterns, which can improve the appearance of a patient’s smile and help the patient to be more comfortable when eating, speaking, or even resting. Palatal expanders can be used by patients of all ages, although some discomfort may be experienced by adult patients during the initial weeks.
How Palatal Expanders Work
Palatal expanders are placed on the roof of the patient’s mouth and are slowly expanded over the course of several weeks in order to allow more room in the patient’s mouth. Many palatal expanders have a key that the patient must turn in order to continue mouth expansion, although this will be discussed in depth with the patient during an orthodontic consultation. In some cases, patients may develop gaps in between teeth, but these will narrow naturally after the palatal expander has been removed. Most patients are fitted with braces or other teeth straightening systems following the removal of the palatal expander.
Kids Braces – Winter Park Florida
Orthodontic treatment can begin as young as seven years of age. Times are changing when it comes to kids braces, and many kids, teens, and tweens actually find braces to be stylish and trendy. With kids braces being more comfortable and easy to care for than ever, children can feel confident while wearing braces and parents can rest assured knowing that they are making a decision that will have a positive influence on their child’s health throughout their lifetime.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign may be a great option for braces patients who are not comfortable with the look of traditional braces. Invisalign utilizes clear plastic aligners that are custom fitted to each patient. These aligners fit over the patient’s teeth and are removed and replaced as the patient’s teeth begin to align for maximum benefit. Invisalign is virtually invisible, so patients can enjoy a straighter, whiter smile without waiting for braces to be removed.
Reasons for Braces
There are many different tooth and mouth issues that can be corrected with the help of braces, including:
- Tooth crowding
- Tooth spacing
- Rotated teeth
- Misaligned bite patterns
- Crooked teeth
Dr. Gittess, 407-699-1200