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Pediatric Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions*). Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care provider known as an Orthodontist, who has typically completed two to three years of additional training beyond dental school.

Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.

Whether it’s traditional braces or custom made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you have the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for!

Benefits of Properly Aligned Teeth

Having a straight smile isn’t all about the looks. Properly aligned teeth have other benefits.

  • Easier to clean
  • Slanted and crooked teeth can be impossible to floss and brush. When our teeth are straight, it’s easier to keep them clean. This helps to prevent issues like tooth decay, and gum disease.
  • Fixing Bite Problems
  • A misaligned bite can mean you’re putting too much pressure on certain areas. This can cause problems like wear, grinding, clenching and jaw pain. Straightening your teeth puts them in the proper biting position. Orthodontic treatments can resolve a number of bite issues, which often become evident by around the age of 7.

Common Bite Problems Include

  • Underbite: Your lower front teeth are in front of your upper teeth. This is usually a jaw problem which causes pain and should be corrected.
  • Crossbite: With your teeth together, you see that some of your upper teeth are sitting behind your lower teeth, and others aren’t.
  • Excessive overbite (deep bite): When together, your upper front teeth are positioned in front of your lower front teeth. An overbite is normal but if the top teeth cover the majority of the bottom ones, this is called a deep bite. This condition causes a lot of wear.
  • Open bite: An opening remains between the top and bottom front teeth when the jaws are closed. This is most commonly seen in patients that were thumb suckers for a long period of time.
  • Crowding: The teeth are too close together and are often slanted or crooked. In this case, they’re hard to clean and can develop decay more easily. Gum infections can also occur, leading to periodontal disease.
  • Excessive spacing: Teeth are gapped, or too far apart. Again, this can make them hard to clean.

Excessive Spacing

Crowding

Open Bite

Overbite (Deep Bite)

Crossbite (Front Teeth)

Crossbite (Back Teeth)

Underbite

Overjet (Prostrusion)

Abnormal Eruption

Orthodontic Treatment Options

Invisalign®

Imagine a braces treatment that doesn’t use wires or metal brackets, a treatment that is virtually pain free and doesn’t require you to change your current lifestyle. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth and experience the benefits of a great smile without having to deal with a mouth full of metal! Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable, comfortable aligners that straighten teeth in less time than traditional braces…

Damon® Smile

Greater comfort, fewer office visits, and better results make Damon Smile braces a great choice for orthodontic patients wanting straight teeth in a short amount of time. Damon Smile’s self-ligating brackets move teeth into position with less force and without the need for painful extractions…

In-Ovation®

Do you need braces, but don’t like the idea of having huge metal brackets and wires on your teeth for such a long time? With In-Ovation braces you now have an alternative to those traditional metal braces you’re dreading! In-Ovation braces are a new, technologically advanced system that gives you a straight, healthy smile faster, and with fewer office visits. In-Ovation braces are smaller and provide greater comfort, using less force than with other braces…

SureSmile®

If you’re not feeling sure about your smile, consider a SureSmile orthodontic treatment! SureSmile uses sophisticated 3D technology to create custom wires, making your treatment more efficient than other braces treatments. With SureSmile you will receive a “braces experience” with shorter treatment times, fewer office visits, and less discomfort…

Clarity™

Orthodontic treatment no longer means having a mouth full of unsightly metal wires and brackets. Clarity self-ligating braces are an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Clarity braces are clear, small in size, and customized to fit your teeth and mouth. Clarity braces are safe and effective, and are a great option for patients of all ages…

Dentofacial Orthopedics

What is dentofacial orthopedics? Many patients wonder what it means when their orthodontist specializes in dentofacial orthopedics. This specialization means that your doctor has training and experience in working with the management of tooth movement (orthodontics) as well as the guidance of facial growth and development (dentofacial orthopedics), which usually occurs during childhood…

Sleep Apnea

Do you get drowsy easily without any explanation? Have you started snoring loudly or waking up breathless in the middle of the night for no reason? If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and can be a serious condition. Sleep apnea can be controlled by working with a sleep specialist who can prescribe safe and effective treatments…

TMJ/TMD Treatments

What is TMJ/TMD and why does it matter to you? Temporomandibular Disorder is a condition where the joints in your jaw become sore and movement is restricted. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic face and neck pains as well as recurring headaches. These can all be signs of a TMD/TMJ condition that may require treatment…

Surgical Orthodontics

Orthodontics is designed to reposition and straighten teeth, but surgical orthodontics may be needed in some cases to correct more severe jaw irregularities. Surgical orthodontics is used to straighten the jaw into alignment, often improving a patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Braces are often worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery to make sure the teeth stay in the proper position as well…

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