Orthodontics means more than a beautiful smile: it means a healthy smile, too. Also known as dentofacial orthopedics, orthodontics is the dental specialty concerned with correctly positioned teeth, jaw bones, jaw joints, and chewing muscles. Now people of all ages can enjoy healthier teeth and gums and a better bite for normal chewing, swallowing, and breathing. With today’s evaluation and treatment techniques, a healthy smile can be yours.
An early phase of treatment may precede braces to take advantage of a child’s growing jaws. Early treatment moves jaw bones and chewing muscles into position, setting the stage for the most stable bite correction possible. This early orthopedic (or “bone”) phase of treatment may last a year or more.
The most common age group for orthodontics, teenagers have most of their permanent teeth and more mature jaws. Today’s braces are less noticeable than ever and won’t interfere with the active lifestyles that teenagers enjoy. Treatment may last one to three years and include a combination of appliances.
More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment, eager for a more attractive face and smile, healthier gums, and freedom from jaw joint pain. Today’s appliances include less visible braces, so orthodontics can fit into any adult lifestyle. With fully mature adult jaws, treatment may take longer than for teenagers.
A winning smile takes teamwork, with you as a key player. The staff at My Dentist offers years of specialized training, experience, and the latest technology. With your cooperation, they can help you achieve the best possible smile and appearance you can have.