Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions*). Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care provider, which includes general dentists and specialists known as Orthodontists.
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 teeth missing due decay, which we can attribute to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness of the health and appearance of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a possible medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well. With that in mind, our office offers some orthodontic treatment, while referring other cases to an Orthodontist. We offer Invisalign clear braces, and a large number of patients are good candidates for this treatment. We also offer short term orthodontics according to the 6 Month Smiles protocol.
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!
Give us a call today and schedule your orthodontic consultation!
*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.