ORTHODONTICS

Orthodontic Treatment

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the smile. Orthodontic treatment also improves malocclusion (bad bites). Malocclusion occurs as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusion affects the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Common Problems

Under bite

An under bite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

Spacing

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

Crowding

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.

Cross-bite

The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.

Overbite

The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Open-bite

Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Open-bite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.

Dental Midlines not Matched

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

Why should malocclusion be treated?

Untreated malocclusion 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.
  • Mal-aligned teeth affect the appearance of your smile and also decrease the chewing efficiency.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Cross-bites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Open-bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

We also provide:

Progressive, clear removable aligners (invisible braces) are the most recent type of braces. The braces are hardly noticeable on the teeth and work to gradually move the teeth into their right position without the need for wires or tightening. They may be used to gradually move teeth into their final positions. Aligners are generally not used for complex orthodontic cases, such as when extractions, jaw surgery, or palate expansion are necessary. These braces . Instead of using the traditional method, where metal or clear braces were mounted for long periods of time, each set of aligners are worn for about 2 weeks, and they are removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. As the aligners are replaced every 2 weeks, the teeth are forced to move to fit the new mold. The total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn is between 18 and 30.

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile - it creates a healthier you.