Comfortable, Functional, and Beautiful Smiles with Orthodontic Care
Orthodontic treatment is mostly known for giving people straight, beautiful smiles. However, the field of orthodontics has several other important functions. We can assist in the development and alignment of a healthy bite, alleviating many painful symptoms in the head, neck, face, and shoulders.
Orthodontic Care is for Smiles of All Ages
Dr. Raymond R. Benitez provides orthodontic care for people of all ages in Sacramento. Our team can give you a smile that develops properly, looks beautiful, and functions comfortably so you can enjoy many years of optimal oral health.
What problems can be treated with orthodontics?
The reasons for orthodontic care vary. Here are some common conditions that can be corrected with orthodontic treatments:
Improper Musculoskeletal Development in Children: Some orthodontic appliances are therapeutic in helping children’s jaw and facial structures develop correctly. When treated early, children may not need extractions or braces later in life. Orthodontics can also improve facial profiles and correct speech impediments.
Crooked Teeth: If you want to enhance your smile, braces can align the most visible teeth, giving you a fuller smile that highlights your natural beauty. Although usually associated with teenagers, adults whose teeth have relapsed from earlier treatments or whose smiles have become misaligned due to the natural aging process, can also benefit from braces.
Moderate to Severe Malocclusion: Crooked teeth interfere with the healthy function of your bite and can make you prone to chipping or cracking teeth. Misalignment can also contribute to severe and painful health conditions, such as:
- Overbite or Underbite
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Teeth Grinding or Bruxism
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
- Neck, shoulder, jaw, and facial pain
We Give People Beautiful, Healthy Smiles
Dr. Benitez is a qualified and compassionate dentist who can help your bite function comfortably and your smile shine beautifully. Give our office in Downtown Sacramento a call today!
Orthodontics is a technologically advanced field which offers many sophisticated solutions to malocclusions and other cosmetic problems. The orthodontist will generally perform a visual examination, panoramic x-rays and study models (bite impressions) in order to assess the exact nature of the discrepancy.
When a diagnosis has been made, there are a variety of orthodontic treatment options available.
Here is an overview of some of the most common treatments:
Fixed orthodontic braces – A metal or ceramic dental base is affixed to each tooth, and a dental wire is inserted through each base. The orthodontist is able to gradually train the teeth into proper alignment by regularly adjusting the wire. When the desired results are achieved, the fixed dental braces are completely removed.
Removable appliances – There are a wide range of removable appliances commonly used in orthodontics, including headgear that correct overbites, Hawley retainers that improve the position of the teeth even as the jawbone reforms, and facemasks which are used to correct an underbite.
Invisalign® – This is a newer, removable type of dental aligner that is completely transparent. Invisalign® does not interfere with eating because of its removable nature, and mechanically works in the same way as the traditional metal dental braces. Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign®.