Also known as dentofacial orthopedics, orthodontics is the specialty in dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating abnormalities related to the alignment and function of the teeth and jaws.
A dental specialist with an additional 2-3 years of training and experience in straightening the teeth and aligning the jaws is known as an orthodontist.
Orthodontic treatment can be very rewarding at any age, but the American Association of Orthodontists agrees that the first visit to an orthodontist should occur around age seven.
Braces are appliances that help to correct the function, appearance, and alignment of the teeth. Braces are available in many forms, including clear, ceramic, invisible, and traditional.
We offer traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners including Invisalign. We also provide palatal expanders. Learn more about each types of braces and palatal expanders and Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
The length of your treatment will depend on the complexity of your treatment and how quickly your teeth respond to the recommended treatment. An orthodontic case can be completed in as few as 6 months or up to 30 months, with the average case just under 2 years.
As you adjust to the braces, you may experience temporary discomfort or sensitivity.
You can continue to enjoy these activities, however, you may need to adjust your playing style or wear a protective mouthguard.
To get started, just give our office a call! We will be happy to answer your questions or schedule your next appointment.