What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics involves the process of moving teeth, most commonly with the use of braces. Treatment typically takes 18-24 months; however, each case is different. For a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation, please call our office for a consultation appointment.
An attractive smile is a wonderful asset. It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image. A person's self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person's general attitude toward life.
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of poor tooth or jaw alignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and take care of your smile.
Orthodontics for Children
It's best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and to determine the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated.
When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.