Level Two Orthodontics Provides a Philosophy of Aesthetics and Function
The purpose of level two orthodontics is to straighten teeth and ensure proper bite function. When your teeth fit together properly, it can prevent an array of other health related issues. Dr. L. Douglas Knight embraces a philosophy of comprehensive care, and offers level two orthodontics as part of his treatment in his practice serving the Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY areas.
Most people visit the orthodontist because they want to improve their appearance. Typically, their concerns are focused on correcting crooked or crowded teeth, or closing down spaces that can interfere with a beautiful smile. Orthodontics certainly help achieve pleasing aesthetics. However, Dr. Knight believes a gorgeous smile should be accompanied by optimal function. By correcting your occlusion (the way your teeth fit together), you are preserving your new smile and preventing more serious problems.
Why is Proper Function So Important?
Although teeth misalignment may not currently cause pain or discomfort, it can lead to problems in the future. When your bite does not fit together correctly, it can cause prolonged (and often unnoticeable) issues. Proper alignment and tooth function can provide these benefits:
- Increased overall stability
- Decreased tooth mobility over time
- Less wear and tear on tooth surfaces
- Reduced chance of developing TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)
- Reduced risk of gum recession
- Decreased risk of bone resorption
- Less probability of bruxism (tooth grinding or clenching)
Adversely, misalignment can produce a multitude of symptoms that can negatively impact your overall health. You may be in need of orthodontic treatment if you experience:
- Chronic headaches
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Jaw pain
- Sleep disorders or breathing problems
- Facial swelling
- Obstructed nasal passages or sinuses
- Tooth erosion (severe wear and tear on the surfaces of the teeth)
- Clicking or popping of the jaw when opening or closing
What Treatment is Right for You?
Each patient has their own unique set of needs, and treatment options will vary accordingly. The only way to understand your treatment options is to schedule a visit with Dr. Knight. When you arrive for your initial consultation, Dr. Knight will assess the health of your teeth, gums, bone, and surrounding structures. Advanced diagnostic imaging will be utilized to locate any abnormalities of the hard and soft tissues. Any discrepancies in your bite will be evaluated to determine the best means of correction.
By correcting your bite, other oral and maxillofacial landmarks will move into their proper position. Proactive treatment will help you invest in your smile, and ensure you preserve your quality of life for years to come. When these issues remain unaddressed, they can lead to other dental issues such as tooth loss, decay, gum recession, and periodontal disease.
Once Dr. Knight has completed your initial examination, he will be able to create a fully customized treatment plan. Discussing all possible options, our team will help you determine what is best for your long-term health.
Call Today to Schedule a Consultation
If you suspect you or a family member may need orthodontic treatment, call and arrange a complimentary visit with Dr. Knight. We can develop a custom plan to serve your unique needs. Our team can answer questions and address any concerns you have throughout your treatment process. At Knight Orthodontics, patients truly are our top priority. Schedule an appointment online or call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff).