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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.

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

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Treating Malocclusion

What Is Malocclusion?  When your dentist talks about your bite, they refer to how the upper and lower teeth come together. This is known as occlusion. A normal, healthy bite has the upper teeth naturally meeting slightly in front of the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. Any variation from this position is a

The Quad Helix Expander in Orthodontics

How A Quad Helix Expander Works Has your child’s orthodontist recommended a quad helix expander? This may have left you wondering what they were talking about! Simply put, this device is an orthodontic appliance placed in the mouth to reduce the overcrowding of your child’s teeth. Your orthodontist will review everything you need to know

How to Treat an Overbite

An overbite is a dental malalignment in which the upper teeth are positioned higher than the lower teeth. Other names for it include buck teeth and crooked teeth. In addition to impacting your overall appearance, an overbite can present other health issues such as dental injuries to teeth and gums, jaw discomfort, speech impediments, and

How a Hyrax Expander Works

When an orthodontic patient presents with a narrow palate, the first order of orthodontic care is to expand the palate. A narrow palate leads to crowding of teeth, which causes they to become misaligned and requiring orthodontic care. That is where a Hyrax expander comes in handy. How Does an Orthodontic Hyrax Expander work? Rapid,

Orthodontic Retainers

Types of Orthodontic Retainers

The role retainers plays in orthodontic care The day is coming when your teen is scheduled to have their braces removed. If they are like most kids, they are excited to finally enjoy snacks and food without fear of gumming up their braces or snapping a bracket. Let them enjoy the win of getting the

Do Braces Help Older Patients?

Why Orthodontics is Not Just For Kids Orthodontic therapy is not limited by age alone. Geriatric orthodontics is a multi-disciplinary specialty of dentistry that deals with the orthodontic-related diagnosis, treatment planning, and evaluation of teeth alignment in elderly patients. To say that elderly patients are not candidates for orthodontic treatment would be an incorrect assumption.

How to Choose an Orthodontist

Tips for Finding a Good Orthodontist When it comes to choosing an orthodontist for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to know which one you should see. Orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth and create a beautiful smile is an important aspect of oral health.  Its effects can last the rest of

Choosing Between Braces and Clear Aligners

How to Choose between Invisalign and Traditional Braces When it comes to straightening your teeth, you have options. The two most predictable and successful options are Invisalign, which straightens the teeth using clear aligners, and traditional braces, which use brackets and wires.  Of course, each option has considerable pros and cons. In order to decide which