About Orthodontics

High-Quality Treatments By Your Paris & Camden Orthodontist

We’re proud to offer some of the finest in orthodontics for all of our patients here at McClain Orthodontics. While we’re experts when it comes to the field of orthodontics, the truth of the matter is that many patients who come in to see their Paris, TN orthodontist really aren’t familiar with orthodontics at all. If this is you, don’t worry – you’re not alone! As your trusted providers of braces and Invisalign, we’d like to help you out by taking the time to go over some of the basics of orthodontics.


The Basics of Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that’s used to help treat teeth and jaws that don’t fit together properly. When a person has orthodontic problems, his or her teeth won’t just look less attractive, but they can cause facial pain and eventually lead to more severe oral conditions, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Orthodontics are performed by an orthodontist, a specialist who requires at least two more years of education beyond the four years in dental school that a dentist needs.


What Are the Main Benefits of Orthodontics?

Undergoing orthodontic treatment can offer a patient a variety of benefits that include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Orthodontics can give you a better-looking smile.
  • It can treat a number of different orthodontic problems.
  • After treatment is over, it’ll make food harder to get stuck in your teeth and it’ll be easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Because your teeth will be easier to clean, your mouth can stay healthier.
  • Having a healthier mouth can also lead to better systemic health.
  • You may even get a boost of self-esteem when you have a more attractive smile.

What Does Orthodontics Treat?

Orthodontic treatment is capable of treating many different orthodontic problems. Just a sample of the most common ones include:

  • Crowding: There are too many teeth in the mouth to accommodate.
  • Spacing: There’s too much room in the mouth for the teeth, leading to large gaps between the teeth.
  • Overbites: The upper teeth stick out in front of the lower teeth.
  • Underbites: The lower teeth are too far forward.
  • Crossbites: The upper teeth don’t come down slightly in front of the lower teeth during normal biting.
  • Open Bites: There’s a space between the upper and lower teeth when fully biting.

What Types of Orthodontics Are There?

Some of the most common types of orthodontics that your orthodontist can provide for you are as follows:

  • Metal Braces: These are the traditional type of orthodontic treatment that use metal brackets and wires to straighten a patient’s smile. They’re the most popular treatment as they’re incredibly effective and less expensive than other methods.
  • Ceramic Braces: These work the same way as metal braces except that the brackets are made of a ceramic material, allowing for a more discreet orthodontic treatment. Adults love them because they’re more attractive than traditional braces.
  • Invisalign: Unlike the previous two types of orthodontics, Invisalign works by using clear, removable aligners. Not only can Invisalign offer a virtually invisible form of orthodontic treatment, but it’s also more convenient and comfortable as well.

Contact Your Paris, TN Orthodontist Today!

Have any questions about orthodontics? Feel free to contact us and let us know! If you’re interested in our Paris, TN braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic treatments, we encourage you to give your orthodontist a call at (731) 644-9311. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!