Are you frustrated with your crooked teeth when you look in the mirror?
More adults than ever are opting for orthodontic treatment. Maybe you had braces as a kid and your teeth drifted back over time. Maybe you forgot to wear your retainer as dutifully as you should have! Whatever the reason, we’re happy to discuss orthodontic treatment (like Invisalign) with you.
Dr. Ryan Green and the rest of the team here at Fort Worth Cosmetic & Family Dentistry have the skills and experience to transform your smile into something you’ll want to show off over and over again.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we may need to discuss oral surgery beforehand to shorten the treatment process and achieve longer lasting results. Is oral surgery in your future? We are happy to talk to you about the different types of surgeries that can help prepare your mouth for orthodontics.
Impacted Canine Teeth
The long roots of your canine teeth provide support and strength for chewing. It’s not unusual for canine teeth to grow in impacted, and when this happens, your other teeth may absorb too much pressure from chewing and become damaged.
If you have an impacted canine tooth, surgery may be appropriate to expose the tooth and allow it to grow into the correct position before beginning treatment.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
If you still have your wisdom teeth, Dr. Knight may recommend having them extracted before starting orthodontic treatment. Impacted wisdom teeth can crowd your other teeth, making orthodontics difficult. They can also lead to hygiene problems, gum disease, cavities, and other issues that could interfere with your treatment and affect your other teeth.
Typically, it is recommended that wisdom teeth be removed in the late teens or early twenties, before their roots have fully developed, but if you are an adult with affected wisdom teeth, extraction may still be the most appropriate option.
The lingual frenem is the fold of tissue that connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth. When this tissue is enlarged, it can restrict the tongue and inhibit tooth movement.
If your lingual frenem is enlarged, Dr Knight may recommend a lingual frenectomy to free the tongue, making it easier for braces to be applied and for your teeth to move in the right direction.
Orthognathic (Corrective) Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery may be required if your upper and lower jaws are misaligned.
Surgery may be needed to move one or both of the jaws into the proper position or to change the length of the bone so that orthodontics can correct your bite.
Some of the reasons why we recommend corrective jaw include:
- An open bite (when the jaw and teeth do not close together)
- Le Fort Advancement (the upper teeth are positioned behind the lower teeth)
You Deserve a Beautiful and Healthy Smile!
Ultimately, Dr. Nikki Green or Dr Ryan Knight will work with you to decide if oral surgery may facilitate faster and longer lasting results in achieving a beautiful and healthy smile. The decision, of course, is always up to you.
Please call Ft. Worth Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at (817) 737-6601 if you have any questions.