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May 2019

What Dental Problems Can Be Treated With Orthodontics?

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Orthodontic treatments can address a wide range of cosmetic dental problems. When you or your child visit our Sacramento, CA office, Dr. David Markham will conduct a comprehensive dental evaluation to determine what type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. If you are curious about what types of tooth alignment problems we can correct, Dr. Markham, along with the rest of the Markham Orthodontics team, has compiled this list.

Common Causes of Misaligned Teeth

Tooth misalignment is very common. In fact, the majority of adults who appear to have perfect teeth probably underwent years of orthodontic treatments in their youth. There are many reasons you or your child may benefit from cosmetic treatments.

Many dental problems form early on when our first set of adult teeth emerge. If our jaws are not large enough to accommodate the new teeth, tooth crowding results. Another cause of misalignment results from the natural process of teeth shifting. The American Association of Orthodontists notes that teeth shifting is a “lifelong and naturally occurring phenomenon.” Another common cause of teeth misalignment is the late eruption of wisdom teeth, which can cause teeth crowding.

Types of Dental Problems Orthodontics Can Treat

After assessing your smile, Dr. Markham may inform you that you have any of the following types of cosmetic dental problems.

  • Twisted teeth: A twisted tooth is not flush with the neighboring teeth. This problem is most common with the front-facing incisors. If your teeth did not have enough room to properly emerge when you were young, they may have become twisted. This dental problem can make cleaning difficult. This problem can be addressed through orthodontic treatments, which can rotate the tooth into proper alignment.
  • Overlapping teeth: If one or more of your teeth are unable to emerge to the front of your jaw due to teeth crowding, the smile may have overlapping teeth. This problem is caused by teeth crowding. We offer multiple treatments that address crowding. Once there is enough space for your teeth to properly align, our braces or Invisalign treatment can gently realign your teeth to eliminate overlapping.
  • Tipped teeth: A tipped tooth does not point straight down. The angled tooth can result from a number of causes, including nearby tooth loss.
  • Gapped teeth: Gapped teeth are a common source of embarrassment. Large gaps can be addressed with traditional braces. Small gaps can often be fixed with Invisalign treatments.

Depending on the type and severity of your cosmetic dental problems, Dr. Markham may recommend any of these orthodontic treatments:

  • Braces (clear and traditional)
  • Invisalign
  • Orthodontic accelerators (AcceleDent)

Once your treatments are complete, it is important for patients to use retainers to maintain their new smiles. Remember, teeth will naturally shift with time. Retainers prevent this shifting back from occurring.

Contact Our Office Today

No matter what types of cosmetic dental problems you have, Dr. Markham has the skills and expertise to treat your blemishes effectively and with care. We are proud to offer high-quality, precision orthodontic care in the Sacramento, CA and Auburn, CA areas. If you would like to see what orthodontic treatment options are available for you, contact our practice to schedule a free consultation with our team! Contact our office online or call us at (916) 924-8970.

Young man wearing braces

Are braces a wise investment?

By Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics

If you noticed flaws in the straightness of your teeth, you’ve probably done a Google Search for “orthodontics near me” to learn about orthodontists in your area. If you have yet to schedule an appointment with Markham Orthodontics, chances are you are concerned about the cost of braces and whether or not the benefits are worth it. After all, orthodontics may seem merely cosmetic. Will insurance cover any of the costs? Is getting braces a worthy investment?

In most cases, yes, it is. Read on to find answers.

The Benefits of Braces

The main reason teenagers and adults consider braces is to improve their smiles. Having a healthier, straighter smile builds confidence. Also worth noting is that a straighter smile can improve the symmetry of the face and perceived beauty. This can have a strong, positive effect on a person’s self-esteem, which will directly relate to their personal and professional life.

A better bite makes it easier to chew. (By better bite, we mean teeth that are properly aligned so that upper and lower arches fit together well and jaw joints are in balance.) Sure, a few foods may be off the menu if you choose to go with traditional braces, but the restrictions are only temporary. When teeth are properly aligned, speech can improve. An overbite can cause a lisp, which can negatively impact the clarity of speech and quality of life.

Orthodontics is considered by many to be purely about aesthetics, but it does help to treat medical conditions. Straighter teeth contribute to better oral health. Crowded and misaligned teeth are more difficult to brush and floss properly, and this can create problems with gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. Gum disease is linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and even premature birth, so it’s no small risk.

The Cost of Braces

The out-of-pocket cost of braces is dependent on a number of factors. These include the severity of the problem being treated, the recommended treatment time, the type of braces chosen, and your insurance plan. Of all of these, your insurance plan is the most important.

Not all dental insurance plans cover the cost of orthodontic treatment, though some will cover it in part for patients under 18. Talk with your insurance company about coverage or ask our front desk insurance experts for help. To make sure nothing comes between you and a healthy, beautiful smile, we have affordable payment plans, including Care Credit®, and we accept most major credit cards.

Without insurance, the estimated cost of braces ranges from $3000 to $10,000. The least expensive braces are traditional metal braces. And, contrary to what you may have heard, Invisalign is not the most expensive option. Lingual braces are more expensive.

The Bottom Line

Braces come with a cost of both money and time, but the investment is worthwhile. Flaws in a person’s smile can affect them psychologically from their teen years into adulthood, more so than wearing braces for a few years or less. As your orthodontist, Dr. David Markham will examine your oral health, medical health history, x-rays, and bite. He’ll explain all aspects of his suggested treatment plan and answer your questions, so you can make an informed decision about braces.

Are you ready to continue your “orthodontics near me” search by booking an appointment? Contact Markham Orthodontics online or call either of our two locations. You can reach the Natomas location at 916-924-8970 and the Gold River location at 916-635-5400.

young teen with orthodontic treatments

When Will My Children Need Orthodontic Treatments?

By Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics, Teens

young teen with orthodontic treatmentsOne common question we field at our Sacramento, CA office is, “When is a good age for my child to start orthodontic treatments?” Dr. David Markham regularly consults with parents about what age their children can begin Invisalign treatments or braces. He will base his recommendations on several factors. If you are curious about which factors may influence the age your child begins orthodontic treatments, this blog will help.

Factors That Influence Your Child’s Treatment Timeline

By age 8, 9, or soon after, the average child has lost most of his or her baby teeth, and the majority of permanent teeth have fully emerged. One factor that will impact when your child begins orthodontic treatment is the severity of the misalignment of your child’s teeth. Dr. Markham may recommend Invisalign or braces to address:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Dental crowding
  • Malocclusion (overbite or underbite)

The average age that children begin using braces is around 11. Beyond the severity of your child’s teeth misalignment, these factors may influence when your child begins orthodontic treatment.

  • Whether all of your child’s adult teeth have emerged
  • Whether your child is developmentally ready to clean and maintain braces
  • Whether your child has completed treatments to address jaw alignment that braces cannot address
  • Whether your child has completed early intervention orthodontics

Pinpointing the perfect age for braces can be difficult. Fortunately, there’s no expiration date on when braces can be placed. Each child’s mouth develops at different rates. Some children may have all of their adult teeth by age nine. Others may be new a few more years. The consensus is that early adolescence is an ideal time.

A Healthy Smile Starts With An Early Orthodontic Evaluation

In general, your child should have his or her first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Although your child may still have adult teeth that are yet to emerge, this early evaluation will allow Dr. Markham to begin learning about the orthodontic needs of your child. An orthodontist like Dr. Markham has specialized training in straightening teeth that your family dentist may not have. During your child’s first orthodontic evaluation, Dr. Markham may:

  • Examine your child’s teeth and jaw
  • Examine your child’s bite (jaw alignment)
  • Take X-rays of your child’s teeth and jaws to see how they are positioned
  • Take a mold or impression of your child’s teeth

Dr. Markham is an advocate for early intervention orthodontics. By acting early, later orthodontic treatments may be less invasive and more effective. Examples of early intervention orthodontics include:

  • Tooth extraction (of baby teeth) to help adult teeth emerge easily
  • Use of a fixed or removable appliance to move teeth, reposition the jaw or hold adult teeth in place

Contact Our Office Today

There are many factors to consider when deciding what age is best for your child to undergo orthodontic treatments. We are proud to offer high-quality, precision orthodontic care in the Sacramento, CA, and Auburn, CA areas. If you would like to see what orthodontic treatment options are available for you, contact our practice to schedule a free consultation with our team! Contact our office online or call us at (916) 924-8970.

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