Orthodontics is the science of moving teeth through the use of controlled and constant pressures on the teeth which allows us to eliminate unsightly crowding, gaps or spaces between teeth, splayed teeth which ruin your profile, or declined teeth which don’t support the lips and make your profile look concave. People who get their teeth straightened feel better about themselves, have better chewing efficiency, less chance of food traps between their teeth, and better self esteem.
At Moorpark Smiles, we offer both traditional braces, and “invisible” aligner therapy.
Results are esthetically pleasing and more stable for adults as well as children using these techniques according to many orthodontic teaching institutions. Dr. Takemoto has treated his patients with orthodontics since 2005 and encourages anyone who is not happy with their smile to consider orthodontics as part of their comprehensive treatment plans to make their smile what they desire it to be. If you are interested in changing your smile, orthodontics is often one of the most conservative and logical ways to improve your smile.
Orthodontic Treatment is Changing
Ninety percent of all people who need orthodontic treatment have crowded or protruding teeth. That is nine out of ten. You or your child may be in this ninety percent and ready to make an important decision about orthodontic treatment.
For many years the traditional method of treating crowded and protruding teeth has included removal of premolar, or bicuspid, teeth.
While this method has saved many patients from disfiguring overbites, a new and superior method of treating crowded and protruding teeth, based on careful research and analysis, has been adopted by a growing number of doctors in both Europe and North America.
Instead of removing two or four bicuspids at the start of treatment and, often, four third molars (wisdom teeth) later on, often doctors are now removing only two to four second molars at the beginning of treatment with no routine subsequent extractions.
Research has shown that second molars can cause crowding and, in addition to alleviating that problem, second molar replacement allows healthy, fully developed third molars to erupt in place of the second molars. Consider also the following distinct advantages of second molar replacement:
- Healthier temporomandibular joints (jaw joints)
- Less costly extractions
- More pleasing facial aesthetics Natural facial contours and full smile Shorter treatment time
- Greater stability requiring less, if any, retention
- More teeth left in for better chewing and digestion
Many times no extractions are needed, and all that is required is the expansion of the arch form to allow room for all the teeth to remain in place. Extraction of the bicuspids and compression of the arch created an arch form that was small, narrow, and often yielded a less than favorable profile. With expansion, you get a broad beautiful smile with no gaps between the teeth and the cheeks, a beautiful profile, and less chance of TMJ problems and Sleep Apnea problems