Straighten Your Teeth with Orthodontic Braces

An illustration of teeth with orthodontic bracesDr. Timothy Hacker is a dentist who works with orthodontics in the Memphis, TN area. The most obvious benefit of seeing an orthodontist is having straight teeth and an attractive smile. Crooked teeth are a serious oral health risk, because they are difficult to clean and can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. More seriously, crooked teeth can also cause misalignment in the jaw which then causes several other, more severe symptoms. These include excessive wear of the tooth surfaces, stress on teeth, headaches, and face or neck pain. If you suffer any of these symptoms, you should see an orthodontist immediately. 

Any orthodontist will tell you that most orthodontic problems are cause by genetics. These genetic issues include overcrowding, excessive space between teeth, missing teeth, and problems with jaw growth. However, some issues are also behavioral, such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing, trauma, or poor dental hygiene. Patients suffering from these conditions should see an orthodontist immediately. For patients in the Memphis, TN area, orthodontics procedures are less costly when treated early. The longer you wait to see an orthodontist, the more complications can arise. 

Orthodontics work by placing a gentle, yet consistent force on the teeth in a direction that has been carefully planned by the orthodontist. This way, the orthodontics are able to slowly move the teeth into the correct position. In the Memphis, TN area, orthodontics technology has greatly improved in recent years. An orthodontist can often give you braces that are clear and made from a variety of material including metal or ceramics. Modern technology is now able to move teeth faster and with less discomfort than in the past. 

The duration of orthodontics treatment often varies from patient to patient. The typical range, however, is between 12 to 30 months. In order for treatment to be successful, the patient and the orthodontist must work together. 

Dr. Timothy J. Hacker, located in Mephis, TN Area, is a Dentist who services patients from Memphis, TN, Germantown, TN, and Arlington, TN. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to  schedule your appointment  today!

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