Orthodontics focuses on
establishing an alignment of teeth and jaws consistent with a balanced
facial pattern. Treatment
is aimed at providing healthy, stable teeth which results in a pleasing
smile. Your overall health of your teeth, gums, bone and jaw
joints is related to the proper function of your bite.
Reduce the risk of tooth
decay and gum disease.
Normalize oral function
related to chewing and speech.
Decrease the risk of
trauma to severely protruding teeth.
Enhance self-esteem by
Help to protect the jaw
joints by establishing a functional relationship of the teeth that
will be more supportive for the joints.
can never be too old or too young to have braces. Perhaps you have spent
you life hiding your smile. Many psychological studies have shown that
the first thing people notice is your teeth. Starting at the appropriate
age can create improved facial profile and sometimes avoid more complex
Braces may also improve your dental health by making it easier to keep
your teeth and gums clean and may even help make your bite more
comfortable. An orthodontic evaluation will give us the chance to find
out if waiting for later treatment is appropriate for your child, or
whether early intervention is needed.
Aside from cosmetic considerations, crowding may be associated
with periodontal problems and increased risk of decay. Spacing
can be another common problem.
Flaring of the upper front
teeth, lower arch crowding, or a poor relationship of the upper and
lower jaws can create excessive overjet. The opposite problem is
often called an underbite.
vertical overlap of the front teeth is called deepbite. Problems
can include excessive displays of the gums, lip protrusion, biting of
the roof of the mouth, and incisor wear.
crossbite can create deviations in the path of closure of the
lower jaw that may effect, among other things, facial growth and
can cause speech problems
and difficulty with chewing food.