At Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we are all about helping you achieve your smile goals. Orthodontics might sound serious, but we know your journey with braces will be easy, even with the most challenging orthodontic issues. Let’s explore what orthodontic issues might be affecting your smile and how Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom will help you straighten your smile.
Common Orthodontic Issues
Crowded teeth can cause a range of issues in the long run. Without space between your teeth, brushing and flossing become difficult and can cause cavities or plaque buildup. In this case, Dr. Burke or Dr. Beckstrom will carefully craft treatment plans, incorporating braces or aligners to create the space for your teeth to line up properly. Patients with extreme cases typically require additional appliances, like a Palatal Expander.
When the paper front teeth significantly hang over the lower front teeth, it results in an overbite. Apart from a misaligned smile, severe overbites can also strain the jaw and lead to discomfort. We can correct overbites through specialized treatments, like headgear or rubber bands, to work towards a balanced bite.
An underbite occurs when the lower front teeth extend beyond the upper front teeth. This misalignment can lead to issues with chewing and speech, as well as wearing on teeth. Along with braces, appliances like an Herbst or other appliances might be used to correct this condition.
Crossbites are when the upper and lower teeth are misaligned with the mouth closed. Such a condition can cause asymmetric jaw growth and impact your facial structure. Our treatment options, such as braces and expanders, can correct these crossbites for a more even smile.
An open bite results in upper and lower front teeth failing to meet when the mouth is closed. This can lead to speech issues and challenges while eating. Oral and speech functions can be corrected with braces and other treatments.
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets and wires. They are highly effective for addressing various orthodontic issues and are suitable for patients of all ages. Traditional braces are precise and comfortable for outstanding results.
Clear Aligners (Invisalign)
For patients seeking more discreet treatment options, Invisalign clear aligners offer an aesthetically appealing alternative. These invisible custom aligners can be removed while eating and brushing your teeth, making them a popular choice among teens and adults.
Once orthodontic treatment is complete, retainers maintain your perfectly straight smile. Our retainers are designed to fit perfectly and preserve the alignment of your teeth long-term.
Rubber bands and other appliances are designed to treat severe orthodontic issues. Expanders, positioners, and separators/spacers are some of the additional appliances that can help push and pull teeth to achieve your desired smile.
For specific cases that require additional correction, Dr. Burke or Dr. Beckstrom might recommend orthodontic headgear. We use modern alternatives to regular headgear that are both effective and less intrusive.
What to Expect During Treatment
Your journey to a healthier smile begins with a consultation. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment. Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom will conduct an initial exam, including x-rays and digital impressions, to tailor your treatment plan to your goals and needs. We will closely monitor your progress throughout your treatment and make adjustments accordingly.
ConclusionAt Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we see a variety of cases. Each of our patents has a unique case requiring specific orthodontic treatment and specialized care. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your smile goals. Contact Burke and Beckstrom today to begin your orthodontic journey.