The value of proactive ortho screenings and a range of modern options to straighten teeth

Straight, evenly-spaced teeth are the ticket to an attractive and confident smile. Properly aligned teeth are also easier to clean. Consistent, effective care helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth that are not crowded or misaligned further support healthy balance; they do not place unnecessary strain on the jaw joints and other interconnected tissues or oral structures.

At Innovative Dental Care in Omaha, Nebraska, we take a proactive approach to monitoring and assessing the development of the teeth and jaws. That way, we can intervene with orthodontic problems early. The American Association of Orthodontists generally recommends Ortho screenings no later than seven. That may sound early because we primarily associated orthodontic treatment like braces with tweens and teenagers.

This tooth alignment-specific check-up can aid in preventing the need for orthodontic treatment later. For instance, children with habits such as tongue-thrusting or thumb-sucking are at heightened risk of developing problems with the spaces between the teeth and with the relationship between the upper and lower jaws when they bite down (fittingly, this relationship refers to a person’s “bite”). Exercises and other interventions can be recommended to correct the underlying cause of this bite, alignment, and developmental issues.

Dr. Summer and the team at Innovative Dental Care also understand that orthodontic treatment is not “just” for pre-teens and teenagers. Plus, treatment is no longer limited to braces. Adult patients whose teeth may have shifted over time can also benefit from orthodontic treatment. With transparent, removable aligner systems (like Invisalign®), it has never been more discreet, comfortable, easy, and hassle-free to straighten teeth. Likewise, older patients formerly treated with braces can experience a relapse, with their teeth shifting back into pre-treatment positions-orthodontic alternatives such as Invisalign® feature special Vivera retainers. We can advise on when and how to wear retainers to support a lifetime of straight, beautiful-looking, and healthy-functioning teeth!

Are you bothered by nagging gaps between teeth? Are increasingly crowded teeth an increasing hassle to clean? You may be an excellent candidate for orthodontic treatment at Innovative Dental Care for these and many other reasons. Call us at (402) 933-8005 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Summer today.