Why Orthodontic Treatment?

Collage of various pictures of people smilingBenefits of Braces

Many people ask Dr. Guelff, “Are braces really necessary?” The truth is, a healthy bite and straight teeth enhance the quality of life. Most people do not have naturally straight teeth. Heredity, environmental factors, habits and accidents can all lead to crooked teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that over 75% of people would benefit from orthodontic care at some time in their lives.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

  • Attractive smile
  • Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
  • Maintenance of proper tooth relationships, allowing effective chewing, digestion and speech
  • Better function of teeth
  • Possible increase in self-confidence and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Increased ability to clean teeth
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns of teeth
  • Guidance of facial growth for a more attractive profile
  • Reduction in risk of injury to protruding front teeth
  • Elimination of need to replace missing teeth
  • Aids optimization of other dental treatments
  • Correction of improper jaw relationships and reduction of stress on teeth, chewing muscles, jaw joints and the supporting bone and gum tissues

When to See an Orthodontist

If you recognize any of the following signs or concerns in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. Call Dr.Guelff’s office at (863) 382-2108 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
  • You want a beautiful smile
  • You feel a great smile will improve your self-esteem and self-confidence
  • You want the best for your family
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips