Addressing orthodontic concerns is more than just improving the appearance of your smile. It is also about correcting problems that affect your oral health and the comfort of your bite. Finding the right solution for your concerns can help you achieve a more balanced smile. As a result, patients can improve their long-term dental health and restore function and beauty to their smiles.
Flower Mound, TX, orthodontist Dr. Wayne L. Sankey offers personalized treatment plans for patients of all ages. Whether you are dealing with a minor or complex orthodontic concern, our team can assess your needs and create the right treatment plan.
Dr. Sankey and our team take pride in providing conservative solutions for many orthodontic problems. From misaligned teeth to complex bite disorders, Dr. Sankey can provide the evaluation, diagnosis, and comprehensive solutions you need to address your needs and improve your smile.
What Causes Orthodontic Concerns?
A wide range of factors can influence orthodontic problems–the most common being genetics. Genetics can play a role in the development of your teeth and jaw. For instance, genetics can contribute to the spacing between the teeth and determine if you have extra, impacted, or overcrowded teeth.
In other instances, poor dental habits such as thumb sucking, gum disease, dental trauma, premature tooth loss, and tongue thrusting can contribute to the development of malocclusion. No matter the cause, it is important to address dental concerns to help prevent future issues and restore balance to your teeth and jaw.
Dr. Sankey and our team at Flower Mound Orthodontics are committed to providing high-quality solutions for all of your dentistry needs. We encourage patients of all ages to visit our orthodontics practice for an evaluation. With the evaluation results, our team can recommend the best solution for your smile.
Benefits of Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment offers many benefits for patients. Orthodontics can:
Improve Life Long Oral Health
Straightening crooked teeth can lead to better oral health. Straighter teeth are often easier to clean, less likely to develop tooth decay and tooth damage and minimize your risk of developing gingivitis and gum disease.
Misaligned teeth are difficult to clean because food debris can hide between teeth, even if you floss. Bacteria feed on sugars and starches, breaking down the tooth enamel and gums over time. Unlike crooked teeth, straight teeth will not increase the risk of bite disorders like TMJ. An uneven bite places pressure on the jaw when biting and chewing.
Create a Beautiful Smile
A beautiful smile can help improve your confidence, self-esteem, and overall appearance. If you were previously self-conscious about smiling in social situations, your new, straighter teeth could alleviate your anxiety. Addressing your orthodontic concerns can help you get one step closer to your ideal smile.
Improve Smile Function
Certain orthodontic concerns can affect a patient’s bite and dental function. We can help improve your dental function and restore your ability to eat and chew comfortably by correcting issues such as deep bite, underbite, and overbite. Once you have a straight smile and an even bite, you can eat hard and crunchy foods without difficulty or discomfort.
Treating Common Orthodontic Concerns in Flower Mound, TX
Many people struggle with orthodontic issues at some time or another. Our team offers comprehensive solutions for many common types of orthodontic issues. To determine which solution best suits your needs, Dr. Sankey will examine your smile and discuss all phases of your care.
Crooked teeth can affect not only your smile’s appearance but also its function. Realigning crooked teeth can improve patients’ confidence in their smile and the function of their bite. Straightening crooked teeth can also lessen patients’ risk of future dental problems. To learn more about crooked teeth, see Crooked Teeth.
An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not make any contact when biting down. This not only impacts the appearance of your smile, but it also affects your bite function and ability to speak clearly. We commonly treat open bites in our office. To learn more about open bites, see Open Bite.
A deep bite, also known as an overbite, is when a patient’s upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth when the jaw is closed. This may affect a patient’s ability to speak clearly, chew, and breathe through their mouth. It may also change the shape of a patient’s face. To learn more about deep bites, see Deep Bite.
An underbite is when a patient’s bottom teeth protrude past their upper teeth. This may affect the appearance of the patient’s face but also affects the bite’s function and their ability to speak clearly. Dr. Wayne Sankey has experience treating underbites in our office. To learn more about underbites, see Underbite.
Overbite is one of the most common forms of bite misalignment that we see among children and adults in our office. If left untreated, it can cause developmental issues in children. We suggest that children receive orthodontic treatment for this issue sooner rather than later. To learn more about overbite, see Overbite.
After orthodontic treatment, some patients may experience relapse, anywhere from months to years after. Orthodontic relapse occurs when teeth shift back into their previous positions. Our team aims to prevent orthodontic relapse and maintain your bite after it is corrected. To learn more about orthodontic relapse and how we prevent it, see Orthodontic Relapse.
Schedule A Consultation
At Flower Mound Orthodontics, we invite patients of all ages to visit our practice for the care they need. Dr. Sankey and our team offer personalized orthodontic treatments in a comfortable and inviting environment. We strive to create the most positive experience for each of our patients.
If you seek a second opinion or need to schedule an evaluation, visit our Lewisville area orthodontic practice. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, call 972.833.8212. You may also request an appointment with us online. We’re here to answer any questions about your orthodontic concerns or treatment options.