Orthodontics is a dental specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth. Orthodontists use special appliances, such as braces or clear aligners, to align and straighten teeth. This helps patients achieve beautiful smiles. These devices are worn over your teeth and can be adjusted over time as your teeth shift.
Malocclusions ("bad bites") like those illustrated below, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.
In addition, if you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontist:
Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, the child’s dentist, and the orthodontist.
Orthodontists are doctors who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists are specially trained to realign and straighten teeth, as well as fix misaligned jaw structures.
Many general dentists offer orthodontic treatment to their patients, but orthodontists receive additional training after completing their dental degree. This specialized training allows an orthodontist to effectively diagnose and treatment plan for more complex orthodontic issues.
Orthodontists diagnose, prevent, and treat issues such as crowding, spacing, crossbites, overbites, open bites, deep bites, underbites, crooked teeth, impacted teeth, and even TMJ disorders. Because orthodontists complete years of specialized training and continued education, they are the most qualified professionals to treat orthodontic problems.
The right time for an orthodontic check-up is no later than age seven. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist before they turn seven.
If your child is older than seven, it's certainly not too late for a check-up. Patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs. The orthodontist's goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
Traditional metal braces are an excellent way to correct the alignment of your teeth, and there are many different types of braces available. Our dentist will work with you to determine the right configuration for your unique smile.
Metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance used to align teeth. They are made from high-grade stainless steel and are custom-fit to your bite. These braces use ligatures and archwires to apply steady force to your teeth and guide them into their proper positions. The brackets are placed onto the front of the teeth and are connected by wire to the molars.
Some patients may prefer to use ceramic braces instead of traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are more discreet than metal braces due to their clear color, but they still work the same way. Clear plastic ties are used to connect the ceramic brackets.
Invisalign uses plastic trays instead of brackets and wires to slowly move the teeth into position. The trays are created specifically for your mouth using 3D imaging technology, ensuring a comfortable fit that gradually moves your teeth into place. Unlike traditional orthodontics, you can remove the aligners to eat and clean your teeth. And since they are clear, most people won’t even notice you are wearing them.Why Choose Clear Aligners/ Invisalign?
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