Understanding Orthodontics

Have you or your child been told you could benefit from braces? Are you unsure what this process entails? This informative video will walk you through what Orthodontics is as a practice, and how it can help you or someone you care for.

Orthonditic services focus on the alignment of your teeth, jaws, and how your mouth moves as well. The size of the jaw, the strength and shape of the muscles in the surrounding area, and the teeth themself, all indicate the way in which your teeth align in your mouth. Seeing an orthodontist and having them pinpoint and solve any problems you might have, not only benefits you aesthetically but prevents further damage from happening to your teeth and jaws.

A malocclusion, an over or underbite, may only be aesthetic, in which case braces are not necessary. One that is causing damage, however, can be fixed in a timely manner, which typically lasts between one and three years.

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Any treatment lasting longer than that most likely indicates an Orthodontist that is trying to make more money off their patients by spending more time on them.

If you suspect your child may need to see an orthodontist, it is best that they are seen by the age of seven, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Keep in mind, all orthodontists were trained in dentistry, but not all dentists are orthodontists! So be sure to choose the best orthodontist and do your research!