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Orthodontics focuses on correcting facial and jaw irregularities to improve speech, chewing, and biting functions. This dental specialty addresses various issues, enhancing oral health and comfort.

Orthodontic Treatment Aims

Orthodontic treatments cater to a broad spectrum of alignment problems tailored to each patient’s specific condition. Common issues include:

  • Overcrowding: Where limited arch space leads to misaligned, twisted, or displaced teeth.
  • Negative Underjet (Underbite): Characterized by a forward-protruding lower jaw, giving the chin a prominent appearance.
  • Overbite: Occurs when the upper jaw significantly protrudes over the lower jaw, making the chin appear receded.

Orthodontic Treatment Process

The treatment journey begins with a comprehensive examination, followed by the creation of diagnostic records such as panoramic X-rays, bite impressions, and possibly jaw joint imaging. These steps help formulate a precise treatment plan. Depending on the diagnosis, collaboration with an oral surgeon might be necessary, especially if facial symmetry adjustments or tooth extractions for overcrowding are needed.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

Orthodontic devices are either fixed or removable, each serving different purposes:

  • Fixed Appliances: Traditional metal braces are the most well-known, consisting of brackets attached to each tooth and connected by an archwire, which is periodically tightened to achieve desired alignment over 18-30 months.
  • Removable Devices: These include headgear for correcting developmental malocclusions, retainers for maintaining alignment post-treatment, and Invisalign® trays for correcting common alignment issues. The duration and effectiveness of these devices vary based on the severity of the malocclusion.

Each orthodontic case is unique, requiring a customized treatment plan developed by a dental professional. For more information on orthodontic treatments and to discuss your specific needs, please get in touch with our office.


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