Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities. An orthodontist can adjust and straighten your teeth in order to correct medical problems, make teeth easier to clean and therefore less vulnerable to decay, or just to make your smile more attractive.
Whether you have minor or major misalignments, our skilled orthodontists can help your smile look and feel better using traditional braces or removable appliances.
Reasons for Orthodontics
- Gapped teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Bite problems (including overbite)
- Problems related to childhood thumb sucking
What does orthodontics involve?
Orthodontic treatment typically requires at least a year of treatment. Brackets will be permanently bonded to your teeth and secured to a wire using rubber bands. Your orthodontist will adjust your braces every 4 to 6 weeks in order to coax your teeth into their proper positions.
You will be given specific instructions from your orthodontist regarding what foods you must avoid and how to clean your teeth while you have braces.
Typically, after orthodontic treatment is complete, you will be given a retainer to wear, which will help make sure that your teeth do not shift out of their new, straight positions.