Orthodontics At Hilgers Orthodontics
All About Orthodontics In Goodyear, Arizona
Dr. Michael Hilgers and his friendly team’s priority is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in Goodyear, Avondale, Arizona, and surrounding areas. Using proven state-of-the-art technology, Hilgers Orthodontics can complete orthodontic treatment comfortably and efficiently. Utilizing advanced procedures and modern equipment, we can ensure that each patient receives a healthy and happy smile that will last a lifetime.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that addresses abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. Orthodontists diagnose, prevent, and correct mal-positioned teeth, jaws, and misaligned bites. Most who receive orthodontic care are kids, but more and more adults are getting braces too. In young children, orthodontic treatment may guide proper jaw growth helping permanent teeth grow correctly.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Both orthodontists and dentists help patients improve their oral health, but in very different ways. Dentistry is a medical specialty that deals with the mouth’s teeth, gums, jaw, and nerves. In comparison, orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and straightening teeth. Click here for more information.
What problems can braces correct?
There are many problems that orthodontic appliances can fix. Keep reading the following sections below to understand the most common reasons people choose to see an orthodontist. If you have any of these issues, braces could benefit you greatly.
Jaw Problems: Many people who have serious jaw alignment problems have issues with chewing and even breathing. The misalignment makes these everyday tasks uncomfortable.
Cross-Bite: Cross-bites happen when some of the front teeth go behind the teeth of the bottom jaw when the mouth is closed. People with cross-bites often bite the insides of their mouths. Dr. Hilger can easily correct this issue by using a palatal expander. Once braces have moved the teeth into the correct position, this problem often goes away.
Underbite: The lower jaw protrudes out past the upper jaw. Clearing up underbite problems is easily accomplished with dental braces.
Overbite: The upper jaw protrudes noticeably over the lower jaw. In some people, the protrusion is pronounced so much that it can make the chin look weak. The benefit of orthodontics in this case is that the upper and lower jaws come into better alignment.
Crooked or Misaligned Teeth: People with crooked or misaligned teeth seek an orthodontist to straighten and perfect their smiles. Very often, these misalignments make patients self-conscious.
Open Bite: Often caused when a child sucks their thumb or pacifier. Usually, this problem goes away once the permanent teeth come in. However, in some other cases, the opening in the front of the mouth doesn’t always correct itself. In this case, wearing braces can quickly treat open bite issues.
Chewing and Speech Issues: This is due to the misalignment of the teeth in the jaws. The chewing and speech issues significantly improve once teeth and jaws achieve alignment through braces.
Periodontal Disease: Misaligned and crooked teeth can make it difficult to clean teeth and eventually cause gum disease and tooth decay. Bringing the teeth back into alignment makes oral hygiene much more manageable.
Midline Alignment Issues: Midline issues are when the centerline of the top and bottom teeth don’t line up together. Having a misaligned midline isn’t detrimental to your health. However, when the center lines of the teeth line up, it dramatically improves the smile’s appearance.
Self-Confidence: People who have crooked teeth can often feel self-conscious about their smiles. Some refuse to smile or hide their smile. Covering a smile with a shirt or arm undoubtedly affects people socially, professionally, and personally.
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Orthodontics Services Offered At Hilgers Orthodontics
Here at Hilgers Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer many services, including:
How Dr. Hilgers Can Help
If you are ready for a change and want to feel great about your smile, please give us a quick call at (623) 935-3908 or send us an email, or stop by and visit us at one of our practices in Goodyear, AZ. We are happy to schedule an initial consultation with you.
We love to listen to your concerns and help find a treatment plan that is perfect for you. Nothing makes us happier than seeing you smile brightly and confidently. Please stop by; we can’t wait to meet you.