Our Teeth Are Always Changing — And So Is Orthodontic Treatment
There is nothing permanent except change, said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and what was true in ancient times still holds true today. Our bodies are constantly changing, and so are our teeth. Our friendly orthodontist at Ortho Inc. wants our patients to understand that although our teeth may be anchored in bone, even that hard material is composed of living tissue, and so is constantly in a state of change.
It’s important to be aware of the changes occurring in our bite, and to seek the counsel of an orthodontic specialist to determine the best steps to protect and preserve our smiles. At our state-of-the-art practice, we have advanced technology and techniques for diagnosing and treating myriad conditions that may affect the look, feel, and function of our teeth.
The wear and tear on the bones in our jaw that occurs over time from biting, chewing, swallowing and speaking leads to a process known as “bone remodeling” that can cause our teeth to shift. This can lead to changes in the way our upper and lower teeth come together, which is called our bite. Some of the signs of a misaligned bite are an unevenness in your smile, crowding of the teeth, discomfort while chewing, changes in your speech, and finding yourself often biting your cheek or tongue. Even among patients who have had orthodontic treatment, some shifting of the teeth is to be expected.
Fortunately, orthodontics is continually changing, too, with more options than ever for addressing these changes to create, or restore, a healthy, beautiful smile. Advances in braces and aligners have made achieving that smile you’ve always dreamed of more attainable than ever, no matter your age.
Whether you’ve had orthodontic treatment in the past, or have been considering making your first visit, the attention and results you’ll receive at Ortho Inc. are second to none. Please contact our office today to arrange a consultation!