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Orthodontics

Orthodontics Blog Archive

Orthodontics is the realm of dentistry that focuses on repositioning the teeth and jaws into a proper alignment.  Most people think of traditional brackets and wires when they hear the word orthodontics.  Actually, it encompasses much more than that.

Orthodontics is not just a corrective type of treatment.  It can be preventive in nature, involving the promotion of proper growth and development of the upper and lower jaws.  Orthodontists are experts at identifying and intercepting poor growth patterns while the child still has growth potential that we can harness to correct the problem.

Orthodontics is often an essential part of speech therapy, as poorly positioned teeth can lead to speech impediments.  We work closely with local speech therapists to reposition a child’s teeth so that they can learn how to make certain sounds.

As most are aware, we also use orthodontics to correct noticeable misalignment of teeth.  This includes crowding or crookedness, spaces or gaps between the teeth, and crossbites (a situation in which the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth when biting down).  The goal is a beautiful smile that functions well with upper and lower teeth that fit together perfectly.

We know that braces are not attractive to many adults considering orthodontic treatment.  That is why we are proud to offer clear aligner therapy with Invisalign.  With Invisalign’s exceptional system, we can give you the smile of your dreams without unsightly brackets and wires.

Should Adults Get Braces?

Why You Should Consider Adult Braces  Despite common stereotypes, braces are not just for kids and teenagers. Thousands of adults seek an orthodontist yearly, and the trend continues growing! Braces do more than straighten your teeth, giving you many reasons to consider getting braces as an adult.  Reason #1: Improved Brushing Habits  Many people have

Understanding the Basics of Orthodontic Care

Orthodontics is a specialized field in dentistry that deals with diagnosing, preventing, and treating misaligned teeth and jaws. Patients undergo orthodontic care to enhance their smile and improve oral health conditions like overcrowded teeth and bite difficulties. It moves teeth into a stable position by putting pressure on them to guide them in the right

Dispelling Common Misconceptions about Orthodontics

Braces are a well-known treatment for correcting misaligned teeth and clear aligners, like Invisalign, have changed the orthodontic landscape. Patients want to feel comfortable when they begin treatment, but there are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding orthodontics. Fortunately, many of them can be dispelled. Myth #1: Dentists and Orthodontists Are the Same False.

When Should I Take My Child to the Orthodontist

Contrary to popular belief, postponing an orthodontic consultation until your child is a teenager is not a good idea. Their problems will not magically resolve themselves, risking your child’s oral health. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggests that children at the age of seven should ideally undergo an examination by an accredited orthodontist. What

What is Internal Teeth Bleaching?

Learn About Internal Teeth Bleaching A bright, white smile is often seen as a sign of confidence, happiness, and health. However, teeth can become discolored internally even with the best oral hygiene routine. When this happens, your dentist may recommend internal bleaching to restore your tooth’s natural luster. Since this requires more than a topical

How Orthodontics Improves Airways

Airway Orthodontics Helps You Breathe Your airway passage is directly associated with your unique dental structure and orthodontic condition. How well you breathe and sleep, and your ability to focus on daily tasks are related to the state of your airway. These issues may indicate you have a sleep apnea disorder. One solution to treat

Choosing Between Invisalign & Traditional Braces

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces  If you’ve been told it’s time for you or your child to get braces, you may wonder if Invisalign or traditional braces are the better option. The type of orthodontic treatment most suitable for you depends on the problem that requires correcting. Clear aligners aren’t the best option for some issues,

Orthodontics for Teeth that Don’t Erupt

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, most people assume you’re treating crowded or crooked teeth. But brackets and wires can treat many more conditions than that. Orthodontic treatment corrects dental concerns, even when you can’t see the issue.  Impacted teeth are common and develop because a tooth grows at an angle or takes up the

The Role of a Retainer in Orthodontic Care

The Important Role a Retainer Plays When you think about braces, an image of metal brackets and wires likely pops into your head. While those components do the heavy lifting to straighten your teeth, orthodontic treatment isn’t over once the braces come off. Orthodontists often recommend wearing a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting

Treatment for an underbite

Treatment Options for an Underbite

Defining an Underbite An underbite is a dental condition classified as the lower jaw sticking out further than the upper jaw. It can be a genetic trait, but malformed and overcrowded teeth can also contribute to the problem. A popular question among those affected by this condition is, “how can you fix it?” There are