Orthodontics is the practice of straightening teeth. When teeth are crooked, crowded or misaligned, orthodontic treatment is used to achieve an occlusion, or perfect bite. Through various orthodontic appliances, pressure is continuously applied to move teeth into the correct position.
Since so few of us actually have perfectly aligned smiles, just about everyone can benefit from an orthodontic exam. It is highly recommended that your children receive an orthodontic consultation by the age of 7.
No matter what age you are, orthodontics can help just about anyone! Orthodontics may be easier for children and teens, as their jaws are still developing and teeth are easier to move. But for adults who suffer from a malocclusion, or imperfect bite, it's never too late to seek orthodontic treatment.
Some patients may choose not to use dental braces because they dislike the appearance or don't have the time. If you're not crazy about the idea of wearing dental braces, you have other orthodontic options!
Everyone's talking about Invisalign braces, and for good reason. Invisalign braces have completely transformed the way we think about and experience dental braces. With Invisalign braces, there's no worry about metal brackets and wires that are uncomfortable and unattractive. Invisalign braces include a series of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible and completely removable. You can eat what you want, drink what you want, and brush and floss more thoroughly to keep your dental health in top shape!
ClearCorrect "invisible" braces are a simple, easy alternative to metal braces. ClearCorrect requires no uncomfortable wires or brackets, and it allows you to go about your normal routine without the self-consciousness brought about by conventional metal braces. With ClearCorrect, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners. Each custom aligner moves your teeth a small amount at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.