Orthodontic Treatment

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly using braces, clear aligners or appliances. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.

What is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who chooses to specialize in the alignment of teeth, attending an additional three years of training beyond dental school in a university with an orthodontic residency program. While some general dentists do offer braces to patients, an orthodontist is the expert in recognizing and treating tooth alignment and bite issues.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Treatment typically takes 6-24 months and is dependent upon age, severity of alignment issues, and the treatment method that is used.

What Types of Problems are Treated with Orthodontics?

Some of the most common problems that can be fixed with braces are overbites, underbites, overcrowding, and spacing issues.