Why should I choose an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go on to additional full-time university-based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontists. By learning about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are the uniquely trained experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.
Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontist (AAO) is your assurance that you have chosen an orthodontic specialist with formal education and experience to deliver the best possible care. Only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), so be sure to inquire about membership when seeking the best possible care for your family.
Why Should I Have Orthodontic Treatment?
Patients seek orthodontics treatment for many different reasons. The most common reason is to improve the looks of their smile by straightening their teeth. Straight teeth not only look great, but they help an individual to effectively bite, and more easily maintain the health of their teeth. In addition to straightening teeth, orthodontists work to refine the way the upper and lower teeth fit together. By perfecting the fit of the bite, the teeth become more stable. The teeth actually work together to prevent excess wear, and reduce muscle related symptoms of the jaw joint. In addition, a perfect bite will allow your general dentist room to restore your teeth to ideal form should you need dental work in the future. Orthodontic therapy builds confidence and self-esteem to help patients better enjoy their daily walk through all aspects of life.
When Should I Begin Orthodontic Treatment?
Our office recommends that patients be seen initially at age 7, or when the permanent incisors begin erupting. Normally no treatment will be needed at this time, but there are circumstances requiring immediate intervention.
How Long Will My Treatment Take?
Active treatment times vary from 4 months to 36 months depending on the treatment goals. Most treatments take 20-24 months depending on the severity of the case, and patient compliance. If early treatment is needed, we try to accomplish our goals in 12 months or less. Retainers are prescribed following completion of each treatment. We offer all varieties of retainers.