What are Orthodontics or Braces?
Orthodontics is a type of dentistry focused on the correction of improper bites and tooth irregularity.
Dentists trained in orthodontics help patients of any age improve tooth and jaw problems and can also assist those who desire merely cosmetic improvements through straightening of their teeth.
What problems can be helped with braces?
Orthodontists specialize in correcting a variety of dental problems. Some of the issues revised by orthodontic procedures include: difficulty chewing, crowding of teeth, missing teeth, speech difficulties, protruding teeth, irregular bite and facial imbalances.
What are your options?
The most common form of orthodontic treatment is the installation of dental braces that help straighten teeth, remove gaps, and correct overbites.
Braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances such as headgear and expansion appliances to influence the growth of teeth in younger patients.
Retainers are often worn to help ensure teeth remain in their new position after braces have been removed.
The American Dental Association states that in some cases, orthodontists may choose to use surgery to modify the teeth and jaw.
When should my child be checked?
We suggest that children have their first orthodontic consultation no later than 7 years of age.