Orthodontics Specialist

Morrow County Dental

General Dentists & Orthodontists located in Mount Gilead, OH

Some people think orthodontics is just for kids who need braces. However, many adults also seek orthodontic treatment. In fact, according to a recent study by the American Association of Orthodontists 27% of all orthodontics treatments in the United States and Canada were performed on adults. Leslie A. McDougall, DDS, and the professional team at Morrow County Dental in Mount Gilead, Ohio, can help patients of all ages restore proper alignment with orthodontic services. Book a consultation online or call today.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty area that addresses the improper positioning of teeth, as well as jaw misalignment.

Among the dental issues that can be addressed by orthodontics treatments are:

  • Crowding
  • An underbite
  • An open bite
  • A crossbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • An overbite
  • “Buck teeth”   
  • Crooked teeth or “malocclusion”

Why is orthodontics important?

Although teeth-straightening sounds simply like a cosmetic or aesthetic issue, crooked or ill-positioned teeth have much larger implications when it comes to the mechanics of chewing, eating, and even speaking. Offset teeth also put you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease since they’re harder to clean properly.

Jaw misalignment can place patients at similar risks, especially when it comes to enamel, which protects your teeth against decay. Misalignment of teeth and jaws wears enamel down, and places additional stress on gums and bone. That can lead to headaches; pain in the neck, shoulder, or back; or even painful TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome.

Are there different types of braces?

The origins of dental braces can be traced back to ancient times. Modern-day orthodontics was born in the 19th century. Today’s braces primarily fall into three basic categories —

traditional, ceramic and clear aligners. Along with differing in the material from which they’re made, they also differ in how they’re positioned on the teeth. Traditional and ceramic braces are fixed permanently during treatment. Clear aligners can be removed during treatment.

Traditional braces are made of stainless steel and use a metal bracket system. The brackets are bonded to each tooth and are connected to each other using an archwire. The principle behind ceramic braces is the same as with traditional braces, but instead of using metal, they use tooth-colored or transparent materials, which makes them much less visible. Clear aligners are made from a clear plastic material and fit over teeth, allowing patients to remove them to eat and drink, as well as to brush and floss. Patients generally wear their aligners for about 22 hours per day.

To get started on your journey toward a healthier smile, contact Dr. McDougall at Morrow County Dental in Mount Gilead, Ohio. Book your consultation online or call today.