Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions*). With treatment, we are able to achieve properly aligned teeth and jaws that will result in a pleasing, balanced facial appearance as well as an exceptional smile.
The value of orthodontic correction lies in its ability to improve the health of the teeth and bite by better alignment and function. Besides improved oral health, patients often realize and value improved facial balance and speech. Orthodontic treatment is a life long investment in you – your teeth, your bite and your self image. It is available to people of all ages, child through adult.
Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness of the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontic care not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.
Whether it’s traditional braces or custom made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you have the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for!
*Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don’t fit together correctly. Malocclusions not only affect the teeth, but also the appearance of the face. Most malocclusions are inherited; however some are due to acquired habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. The spacing left from an adult tooth being extracted or an early loss of a baby tooth can also contribute to a malocclusion.
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