Orthodontics for All Ages
Orthodontics is a dental practice that specializes in the alignment of teeth. The number one solution to crowded or crooked teeth is braces. Using wires and brackets, Dr. Foster applies tension to realign permanent teeth. Without orthodontic treatment, crooked teeth can result in:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Issues with the jaw including TMJ
- Problems speaking or chewing
- Increased wear to your tooth enamel
Orthodontics for Children
While we see children of all ages, we recommend bringing tweens between 10 and 14-years-old in for an orthodontics consultation. Because the head and mouth are still developing, guiding that development is remarkably easier during this age range, making it the best time for braces. Together with their parents, we can help children understand the long-term benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile and help make them active participants in their oral health.
Orthodontics for Adults
Braces are not only for children and teenagers. Increasingly, more adults are turning to braces to fix problems with crooked teeth, spacing, and abnormal bites that may have been left untreated when they were younger. As more and more adults become aware of the impact that a straight, attractive smile can make on their social, romantic, and professional lives, the number of adults seeking orthodontic therapy continues to grow rapidly.
Are braces right for me?
If you have concerns regarding the alignment of your smile, overlapping teeth, an overbite, or underbite, then you may need braces. Feel free to discuss these issues with Dr. Foster during your next visit.
Will it hurt?
Braces feel different for everyone. You may feel discomfort or soreness while adjusting to having braces on your teeth. Periodic tightening may also cause your teeth and jaws to feel slightly sore.
How long will I have to wear the braces?
The length of time you will be required to wear braces depends on your individual condition. Factors include how old you are, how your teeth are positioned, and how bad your bite is. Most patients can count on wearing full braces between 12 and 24 months. Once the braces are off, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat with braces?
We recommend that you stay away from sweets such as candy, chocolate, chips, soda, popcorn, and sticky foods. The acids and plaque from sugary foods can cause tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, while wearing braces your dental hygiene will require special attention. Avoid chewing on ice, thumb sucking, and lip biting.
Improve Your Oral Health with Orthodontic Treatment
If your teeth are out of alignment, then orthodontics can improve your smile’s appearance as well as your overall oral health. To find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you or a family member, schedule a visit by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384. Since 1985, we’ve proudly served patients living in Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Hohenwald, Centerville, Pulaski, and all surrounding communities.