Mesa area patients deserve options in orthodontic braces
A portion of our society has teeth that are almost perfectly straight and evenly spaced. The rest of us have some degree of malocclusion – overlaps, gaps, or twisted teeth. Those flaws affect the appearance of our smiles and the function of our mouths. Dr. Edward Fritz and his team at New Health Dental understand that each mouth, patient, and situation is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all solution in orthodontic braces. That’s why he’s been delivering straightening options to patients in Mesa and surrounding areas for more than 30 years.
A number of factors (alone and in combination) lead to crooked teeth:
- Genetics – The design of your mouth is an inherited trait. It may be too small for all of your teeth, or upper and lower jaws may not be the same size or compatibly shaped. The upper arch may protrude in an overbite, or the lower jaw may extend too far.
- Childhood habits like prolonged use of a pacifier or baby bottle, thumb sucking, or tongue thrusting
- Early loss of baby teeth, or loss of adult teeth
- Improperly fitted dental restorations
- Gum disease
- Bruxism – clenching and grinding
- Facial injury
- Tumors in the mouth or jaw
Crooked teeth contribute to serious oral and overall health problems. They disrupt the delicate balance of the mouth, causing unusual wear on teeth and straining the jaw joint, triggering TMJ disorders. Misalignment creates places that trap food debris and allow bacteria to flourish, increasing risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Severe malocclusion can keep you from eating nutritious foods, or prevent you from chewing properly, leading to digestive problems.
Dr. Fritz is skilled and experienced at achieving beautiful, functional results with conventional bracket and wire braces. Teeth are gradually shifted into alignment with minimal risk to root health. This method is still the most effective for addressing significant malocclusion and bite issues.
Non-extraction orthodontics is an effective way to resolve crowding without removing healthy teeth. Dr. Fritz uses a specially designed system of expanders and braces to create the space needed to move teeth into alignment.
Adults with minor misalignment may opt for clear braces. A progressive series of transparent trays applies gentle pressure to move teeth. They aren’t noticeable, and can be removed for eating and hygiene.
Treatment times with any straightening method vary by patient. Call Dr. Fritz today at (877) 943-3703 to talk about the best way to get your smile into gorgeous, healthy alignment.