Learn more about the common orthodontic treatment options and conditions Dr. Hardy offers and treats so you can better understand what Hardy Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics can do for you and what Dr. Hardy is referring to during your treatment-planning session. The more informed you are, the better able you are to contribute to your care and healthy progress. Understanding common orthodontic treatments and conditions can also help you know when you have an issue that needs to be addressed. The health of your mouth and smile are our number one priority!
The word orthodontics comes from the Greek orthos which means “straight, perfect or proper” and “dontos” which means teeth. Before the field was called orthodontics it was called orthodontia. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on teeth or jaws that are not aligned properly. Orthodontists differ from dentists because they receive an additional two or more years of education and training beyond their four years of dental school training from an accredited orthodontic training program.
Dr. T.C. Hardy earned his dental degree from an accredited orthodontic training program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He went on to receive his Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) from Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, before returning to Tufts University where he completed his Certificate of Orthodontics and served as the President of his graduating class. Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. T.C. Hardy is the recipient of The Everett Shapiro Award in Orthodontics, as well as the Dr. Harold Berk Endowed Prize Fund for Excellence in Research. He has published and presented his research both nationally and internationally.
Straightening your teeth and aligning your jaw is not simply a cosmetic treatment for a more attractive smile. Teeth that are crooked and jaws that are misaligned can cause a wide variety of problems. Teeth that aren’t aligned properly can affect the shape of your face and can lead to improper wear/trauma to your teeth leading to early tooth loss or breakage. Misaligned jaws and teeth can also affect oral function–the way you eat and the way you speak. Crooked teeth that don’t fit properly are harder to clean and are more apt to decay. Food that gets trapped between teeth that are crooked can lead to gum disease, or the more serious form of gum disease, periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is also associated with your systemic health and is linked to several serious bodily conditions. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease is linked to diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, chronic inflammatory diseases, respiratory diseases and cancer. The statistics show that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers. Research findings also have shown that bacteria grown in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs causing respiratory diseases such as pneumonia. Beyond these more serious systemic conditions, misaligned jaws can also lead to issues like chronic headaches, TMJ syndrome, neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain due to the extra stress on your chewing muscles.
Orthodontics treat a variety of issues with your mouth. Often, orthodontic treatment is working on multiple issues at once that are present. When reviewing the following conditions, take note if you notice that you have any of these conditions. If you do, call Hardy Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics today for a free consultation. Some of the most common issues that orthodontists are trained to treat are:
Orthodontics is a growing and evolving field. As more and more time passes, and as science and technology continues to grow and expand, so do your orthodontic treatment options and the efficacy of your treatment. There never was a better time than today for orthodontic medicine! Orthodontics treats your conditions with both fixed and removable appliances that are used to guide your teeth into their proper position. Appliances apply gentle pressure on your teeth and jaws to retrain the muscles of your mouth and encourage proper growth of your jaws. No mouth is the same so treatment needs, methods, and timeframes all vary. To better understand your orthodontic treatment options, we group the appliance offerings into two groups: removable and fixed appliances:
Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hardy to discuss your orthodontic treatment options and your smile goals to achieve your best experience with treatment. Our mission at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is to improve your smile in a timely and effective manner. We are dedicated to helping you obtain a healthy, functional, attractive smile. To learn more about our treatments or to schedule an appointment, call our Erie office today at 720-887-6003.