Orthodontic treatment benefits patients of all ages. Besides correcting smile aesthetics, braces improve your oral and overall health. At Millennium Dental in Tracy and Stockton, CA, Dr. Rene Yabar is our on-staff orthodontist. He customizes treatment plans for smiles that look beautiful, feel good, and function wonderfully.
What is orthodontic care?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty. It corrects problems of bite (occlusion), dental alignment, and jaw development/function. When bone structure and teeth are balanced, the muscles and other supporting tissues function properly, as well.
About four million people in the US wear braces in one form or another. Harvard Health reports that a quarter of these individuals are over the age of 18. While orthodontic treatment plans are easier when a patient is young (between 11 to 14 to start), older teens and adults of all ages live well with braces and achieve excellent results.
At Millennium Dental in Stockton, CA, our orthodontist offers conventional metal, ceramic, and lingual braces. Innovative Six Month Smiles, Invisalign aligners, and Wild Smiles are also available for select patients. Retainers that keep teeth straight after treatment and palatal expanders to facilitate, or even avoid correction with braces, complete Dr. Yabar's menu of appliances.
The health benefits of orthodontic care
In addition to increasing self-confidence, the overall health benefits of braces include:
- Less tooth decay and periodontal disease because straight teeth are easier to keep free of harmful plaque and tartar
- Fewer headaches, jaw pain (TMJ/TMD), and facial pain
- Clearer speech
- More efficient biting and chewing
- Better digestion
- Improvement of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea (snoring)
- Relief of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
- Fewer accidental injuries to front teeth, lips, and tongue
In addition, good oral health improves overall bodily function and well-being.
At Millennium Dental in Tracy and Stockton, CA, our orthodontist delivers the finest in dental care. No matter your need, he can meet it comfortably and effectively. If you or a loved one need orthodontic care, please contact one of our two offices for a consultation. In Tracy, phone (209) 835-6487. For the Stockton location, call (209) 952-3951.