What is Orthodontics?


Orthodontics is one of several dental specialties.  The word “orthodontics” is derived from the Greek words orthos, meaning proper or straight and odons meaning teeth.  Orthodontics is specifically concerned with diagnosing and treating tooth misalignment and unbalanced jaw shape or size. Orthodontic treatment has historically been geared towards children and teens; However, currently around 30 percent of orthodontic patients are adults.

There are many advantages to well-aligned teeth, including easier cleaning and better oral hygiene, improved function of teeth and a more pleasant smile.  Though orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age, the American Dental Association suggests that an orthodontic assessment should be performed around the age of seven.  That does not mean that all children at this age commence treatment. In fact, the majority of patients are monitored until they are pre-teens and start treatment once they have all their permanent dentition. That having been said, particular growth and development concerns are time sensitive and can be best treated at certain ages. The earlier orthodontic treatment begins, the more quickly the problem can be successfully resolved. Once a patient has completed growth, there are less options available to address certain malocclusions and skeletal discrepancies

Each individual patient’s orthodontic needs are unique, Whether you require comprehensive treatment, early supervision, a replacement retainer, general information or anything in between, we strive to provide you with exceptional care.

We offer many procedures and services to our patients – all with care, a gentle touch and stunning results. You and your smile is our top priority. We will give you a smile you can be proud of.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.  We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.


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