What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the division of dentistry that addresses facial, as well as bite and alignment imperfections or abnormalities. Specialists in this field design, apply and control the corrective devices (usually braces) needed to put the teeth, lips and jaws into proper positions. This is necessary so skeletal and facial harmony is attained to the greatest degree possible.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

Orthodontists have had two to three years of special training after attaining their dental degree. There they were taught the skills needed to diagnose as well as correct tooth alignment, malocclusions (bad bites), and guide facial growth patterns. Since this is their specialty, the orthodontist is up to date on the latest techniques and studies in this field. This enables them to present the different options (methods and their costs) available for your individual case. Teeth and facial profiles can be permanently changed through orthodontics. It’s very important that it be done properly!

Do I need a referral from my general dentist?

No . . . You or your child can have a complementary orthodontic exam at our office any time you want. We will even furnish your dentist information regarding your orthodontic situation and we will remain in contact with his office throughout your treatment. A caring family dentist should always welcome a second opinion from a specialist.

Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

No . . . Age isn’t a problem (we’ve had patients in their late 60′s!) as long as the teeth, gums and bone are healthy you can have treatment at anytime. Seven years old is generally the best time for a child’s first visit. Early intervention or correction can sometimes minimize or eliminate the need for orthodontics later, but it’s hardly ever too late.

Why should I have orthodontic treatment?

The reasons are numerous, but some of the most common are. . .

  • Makes it easier to maintain good dental hygiene and keep teeth for a lifetime. (Improperly aligned teeth can trap food and that can lead to increased cavities or gum disease.)
  • Reduce risk of trauma. (Protruding teeth are more prone to being chipped or knocked out.)
  • Increase self-esteem. (Often times, one is self-conscious about smile/teeth.)

What are some of the signs that I or my child may need orthodontic treatment?

  • Overbite (protruded teeth)
  • Missing teeth
  • Spaced teeth
  • Extra teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Still have baby teeth
  • All top teeth aren’t outside of lowers
  • Have to shift jaws to bite or chew
  • Trouble chewing some foods
  • Have to shift jaws to bite or chew
  • Top front teeth don’t meet bottom ones
  • Prominent lower jaw
  • Impacted teeth (they didn’t come in)
  • Middles of top and bottom don’t match
  • TMJ problems
  • Bridges or implants require preparation
  • Can’t see much of bottom teeth when biting
  • Teeth that are turned or at bad angles
  • Teeth wearing excessively or chipping
  • Mid or lower face growth discrepancies

Isn’t orthodontic treatment expensive?

Fees for orthodontics have not increased proportionally to their medical and dental counter parts. Orthodontic treatment may eliminate or minimize the necessity of more costly health care procedures in the future. As well as the long term health benefits, it may improve your confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontia is a one-time cost with results that can last a lifetime. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a bargain! Many insurance companies offer coverage, but regardless of insurance coverage, we offer a variety of financing programs, both in-house and out.