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What Is Orthodontics For?

Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to properly align the teeth, lips and jaws to create a balanced, pleasing facial appearance and ensure that the teeth and jaws are functioning normally.

A beautiful smile is just one of the benefits of orthodontic treatment Straight teeth simply function better, are easier to clean, and provide for increased confidence and self-esteem.

A bad bite (malocclusion) left untreated may contribute to conditions that cause:

  • tooth decay
  • gum disease
  • early loss of teeth
  • mouth breathing
  • jaw joint problems
  • fracture or loss of protruding teeth
  • jaws and teeth that do not meet properly during chewing and swallowing
  • improper speech development
  • poor self-image

Some malocclusions can be treated by your dentist, others may require treatment by an orthodontic specialist.

Early prevention

An orthodontic examination at an early age may help to detect present or potential orthodontic problems.  Drs. Mollot, Kindrat, Archer, Bonar and Chu asses children each time they are if for a checkup.  This regular examination can allow for early detection of problems and, if appropriate, interceptive treatment to prevent more serious problems from developing. Sometimes by taking advantage of facial growth and tooth eruption the severity of the problem can be reduced. This can make the completion of treatment at a later age less complicated and less costly. Results can be achieved that would be unattainable if the face and jaw had finished growing prior to treatment.

Adult Orthodontics

You’re never too old to look your best. People think that orthodontic treatment is usually associated with adolescence.

Today, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. Improving an adult’s smile and bite depends on the health of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone, not age. The biologic process involved in tooth movement is the same in adults and children.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Steady, gentle pressure is applied on each tooth to carefully move it to the desired position. This is done using braces (consisting of metal or clear brackets and wires) or removable appliances. During the treatment, adjustments are periodically made to control and maintain the pressure required to continue the movement of the teeth.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

No two orthodontic patients require the exact same treatment. Treatment can take anywhere from six to thirty months or longer depending on the severity of the problem, the age of the patient, and the amount of movement that is required.  The best way to judge potential treatment time is to ask your dentist.

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