Orthodontic Treatments

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT NECESSARY?

The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite -- straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.

Orthodontic treatment can be very beneficial for a number of reasons. Correcting the alignment of the teeth and the bite can have significant long-term benefits. The cleansibility of the teeth, the long term wear, the function, the periodontal status, and of course, the esthetics can all be improved with orthodontic treatment.


Untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint pain.

Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smileā€”it creates a healthier you.

In most cases, the treatment is elective, however, in some cases the treatment is necessary before major dental work is started. Orthodontic treatment can prepare the teeth for restorations by the dentist that may not have been possible before orthodontic treatment.

EARLY TREATMENT

WHY IS AGE 7 CONSIDERED THE OPTIMAL TIME FOR SCREENING?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INTERCEPTIVE TREATMENT?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces by influencing jaw growth

ADULT TREATMENT

Braces aren't just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups - including adults. Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem.

Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces or translucent braces.