The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite – meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. Many people find a beautiful smile adds to self-esteem, self-confidence and leads toward career advancement. We live in a competitive world and a great smile can give you the
edge. Orthodontic treatment is often part of a comprehensive dental health care plan. With good care, including Orthodontic Treatment when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime. Treatment in children or teenagers who are still growing may yield specific results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth.
Orthodontics is a Smart Investment
A healthy bite and good looking smile is as important at age 60 as it is at age 1. Even though adults are no longer growing, they can also enjoy improvements that come from orthodontic treatment. Your age is not a consideration for orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.
Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your family and your smile, as well as your dental, physical, and emotional health.
Everyone Deserves Straight Teeth and a Beautiful Smile!
When to Get an Appointment
If you recognize any of these signs or concerns in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation.
• You want a beautiful smile
• You feel a great smile will improve your self-esteem and self-confidence
• You want the best for your family
• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty chewing or biting
• Mouth breathing
• Sucking the thumb or fingers or other oral habits
• Crowded, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
• Speech difficulty
• Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
• Protruding teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
• Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
• Grinding or clenching of teeth
• Inability to comfortably close lips
Orthodontics Has Come a Long Way!
A variety of orthodontic “appliances” are available today, thanks to ongoing research in orthodontics. Options include traditional metal braces, tooth-colored braces, clear aligners, and other devices as appropriate. Check with your your dentist about the best way to achieve your treatment goals.
Comfortable and efficient, today’s orthodontic appliances also contribute to a stable, long- lasting result.
While the appliances used in orthodontic treatment have come a long way since orthodontics became dentistry’s first specialty in 1900, what endures is dentists’ desire to help you achieve your healthiest bite possible.