Dental Crowns Can Repair a Compromised Smile
Dr. Harper explains the various orthodontic treatments offered at his practice. Next, our patient Steven discusses how our team repaired his smile with dental crowns after years of teeth grinding had taken its toll. He says the treatment was virtually painless.View transcript
Dr. Harper: Orthodontics has to do with the movement of the teeth and reshaping of the jaws and the supporting structure of the teeth, to better align the teeth. That's basically what Ortho consists of. We offer three types of orthodontic treatment in our office. Full comprehensive Ortho, which is a long-term orthodontics treatment lasting anywhere from 12 to 24 months or more. And we offer six-month smiles which is adult, short-term orthodontics where our main objective is to align and straighten the front teeth. We don't try to change any bony structure or make major changes to the face. The patient just wants nice, straight teeth. We get in within a period of six to nine months, straighten their teeth, put some form of retention in place, and then we're through. And then the third kind is the removable orthodontics, such as Invisalign or Clear Correct, where you use a series of aligner trays to move the teeth. The patient has the choice of putting those in or taking those out for special occasions. So just depending on what the patients wants as far as orthodontic treatment. So we offer all three different types of orthodontics here in our office. One of the benefits of orthodontic treatment not only is you have the cosmetic benefit of straight, pretty teeth, pretty smile, but you also have the health benefits that go along with that. Because when teeth are properly aligned and the jaws are properly positioned, you get better tongue position, you have better breathing which can lead to less problems with TMJ, temporomandibular joint problems, later on, better breathing patterns, which, sleep apnea is one of the things that cause people to have lots of health issues. And so with better teeth and jaw positioning, you have less incidents of TMJ problems and obstructive sleep apnea. Steven: I had a full cap work done on my front teeth because I was grinding them away at night. So Dr. Harper recommended that I have them capped, and he did every one in the front. Well, I actually grew up with him, but I had seen Dr. Harper before when I was working in Jackson, Tennessee. Then I moved to Mobile, Alabama to work in the steel mill and I came back and retired and started coming back to see him again. The staff here is really great, really nice and courteous, and really the staff does care about you. If I hadn't gotten the caps, I would have had to gone to dentures way earlier than what I wanted to because I was grinding my teeth away at night, and he went ahead and capped them and he matched the bite up perfect. It was just a real good job. Here they treat you like family, so they do a real good job of making you feel well. He did a great job. It was almost all pain-free. So he did a really great job doing that. I would recommend Dr. Harper to anyone.