Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. At Ragan Family Dentistry, the primary goal of our orthodontic treatments is to correct the alignment and positioning of the teeth and jaws to achieve optimal oral function, aesthetics, and overall oral health.
Orthodontic treatments use braces, aligners, or other dental appliances to gradually move the teeth into their proper positions. These appliances exert gentle pressure on the teeth, guiding them to shift and align over time. By applying consistent force, orthodontic appliances can correct various dental issues, including misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and other misalignments.
Orthodontic treatment typically begins with a comprehensive evaluation by a dental specialist who has received additional training in orthodontics. To develop an individualized treatment plan, the dentist will assess the patient's oral health and face structure and take dental X-rays.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments
Braces consist of metal or ceramic brackets bonded to the teeth and connected with wires. The wires are adjusted periodically to move the teeth into their desired positions gradually.
These are a series of custom-made, removable, transparent aligners worn over the teeth. Each aligner is worn for a specific period before being replaced with the next one and gradually guides the teeth into alignment.
After active orthodontic treatment, retainers are often used to maintain the new tooth positions. Retainers can be removable or fixed behind the teeth.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
Improved Oral Health
Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
Properly aligned teeth can significantly improve the smile's appearance, facial symmetry, and confidence.
Improved Bite and Function
Orthodontic treatment can correct bite issues, allowing for better chewing, speaking, and jaw function.
Prevention of Dental Problems
By addressing misalignments and irregularities early on, orthodontic treatment can prevent future dental issues, including excessive tooth wear, jaw joint problems, and speech difficulties.
Receiving orthodontic treatment helps patients feel more confident in their appearance, allowing them to take better care of themselves and live happier lives.
If orthodontic treatment is appropriate for your needs, our dentist will assess your oral condition, discuss treatment options, and provide a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. For the best dental care, visit Ragan Family Dentistry at 201 S 3rd St., McAlester, OK 74501, or call (918) 426-9900.