Orthodontics Specialist

Dental Art of South Bay

Dentists located in South Bay, Torrance, CA

Malocclusion, or crooked, misaligned teeth affects 74% of the American adult population. Left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease, pain in the jaw, and headaches. Orthodontics is aimed at correcting jaws and teeth that are misaligned. In her office in Torrance, California, Dr. Dana Samet utilizes many corrective tools and orthodontic services to improve, straighten, and realign crooked teeth, relieving pain and any coinciding complications.

Orthodontics Q & A

Dental Art of South Bay

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics involves the use of corrective tools to straighten and realign malocclusion. There are several fixed and removable appliances that can successfully realign and shift your teeth into place.

Dr. Samet has ample experience in applying corrective tools, such as Invisalign® aligner trays, traditional metal braces, and retainers, to repair malocclusion.

Why might I need an orthodontist?

You might need an orthodontist if you have:

  • Crowding
  • Missing teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked, misaligned teeth

Crowding occurs when you have too many teeth than can fit in your jaw, resulting in misalignment. In addition to crowding, there are many different types of misalignment, including:

  • Spacing
  • Deep-bite
  • Cross-bite
  • Excessive overjet

Misalignment can lead to many adverse complications if left untreated, including:

  • Tooth decay and tooth loss
  • Chipping and cracking of the teeth
  • Periodontal disease, an infection of the gums
  • Stress on the jaws that leads to premature wear

It’s evident that crooked, misaligned teeth can adversely affect your overall health. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, and painful. They also increase your risk of tooth decay and tooth loss. A bad bite can most definitely create improper forces on your jaw joint.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatments?

If your teeth fit correctly, they won’t be at risk for the many complications endured as a result of misalignment and crooked teeth. The negative complications also worsen over time.

Premature wear on the teeth can even lead to gum recession, loose teeth, tooth loss, and weakened bones. Treatments not only improve the appearance of your teeth and your smile but also prevent this array of risks and potential complications associated with misalignment.

Crooked teeth can make it harder to remove bacteria and plaque, allowing them to multiply and trigger periodontal disease. Periodontal disease starts as gum inflammation and can lead to chronic infection, receding gums, tissue damage, bone loss, and even tooth loss.

Watch out for bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, since this is a clear indicator of periodontal disease. The earlier you treat your misalignment and other dental complications, the more likely it is you’ll have a better health outcome and feel confident about your smile again. 

Call or book online to seek the support and treatment of Dr. Samet, a dental professional with years of experience in orthodontic services and treating periodontal disease.