Braces in Portland
Braces have long been a preferred and effective tool in helping the people of Portland to achieve straighter teeth and healthier bite patterns. A generation ago, braces were large and obtrusive, and were often accompanied by cumbersome and embarrassing headgear. Today, orthodontics braces provide a much wider and more discreet variety of options to suit the needs and lifestyles of patients.
The Benefits Of Braces
Braces work to correct the impact of malocclusions, which is when your top and bottom sets of teeth do not come together properly. People with malocclusions may experience a number of different health problems, including:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- TMJ pain
- And more
Braces may be able to help to alleviate or eliminate these symptoms by correcting malocclusions. In addition, patients who choose braces may experience:
- Improved oral hygiene due to proper spacing
- Reduced bite issues
- Reduced pain in the face, neck, and back
- Improved sleep
- And more!
Depending on your needs, Dischinger Orthodontics offers different treatment options, including self-ligating braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign.
Treatment With Braces In Portland
Dr. Dischinger and the Dischinger Orthodontics team understand that regardless of your age and lifestyle, you want to correct your smile as efficiently and discreetly as possible. We are happy to work with you to determine the orthodontic solution that works best for your unique needs.
Quick Facts About Braces
Orthodontics is an ancient practice . The first “modern” braces were popularized in the late 18th century, and have been fine-tuned ever since.
The medical term for an imperfect bite is a “malocclusion”. Most malocclusions are inherited, but some are acquired through such factors as thumb-sucking, accidents or dental disease.
Orthodontics is not simply about straightening the teeth. Orthodontists have specific expertise in the biomechanics of the mouth and jaw, and focus on providing patients with straight teeth and a mouth and jaw that meet in the optimal position.
A perfect bite has teeth that are straight, evenly spaced, with top teeth slightly overlapping the bottom teeth, and molars that meet evenly so as to permit thorough chewing. Very few mouths have a perfect bite, and many need orthodontic correction.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children visit an orthodontist by age seven. Many orthodontic issues are easier to fix early on, while the jaw is still growing.
Average treatment time is two years, but will vary depending upon the amount of treatment needed.
A bit of discomfort is normal for the first few weeks, as the teeth begin to move and the inside of the mouth adjusts to the presence of brackets and wires. An orthodontic mouth rinse and a small amount of over-the-counter pain medication can help ease any initial discomfort.
If you would like to learn more about dental braces, contact us for a consultation. You can visit us without a referral from a dentist, and it doesn’t cost anything for a second opinion at Dischinger Orthodontics.