What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the positioning of the teeth, jaw bones and joints, and chewing muscles. An orthodontist will determine the most effective way to correctly position the teeth and jaws to achieve the following:

  • A graceful and effective bite
  • Improved resting lip posture
  • An aesthetically pleasing alignment of the teeth (“straight” teeth)
  • A broader smile
  • Improvement of the jaw profile

Orthodontics is also concerned with the treatment of dental or facial irregularities, or malocclusions. Malocclusions can be genetic or aquired, and are corrected by the patient wearing small orthodontic appliances (like braces, for instance), that apply light forces to the teeth and jaws over time.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children have an orthodontic screening no later than age seven. Some problems are more difficult to correct once all of the permanent teeth have erupted or facial growth is complete.

We believe that orthodontic treatment does much more than change one’s appearance: it can change one’s self-image. In our 40-plus combined years of experience as orthodontists, we have seen increased confidence in both children and adults alike. With the use of high-tech wires and smaller braces, treatment is quicker, less noticeable and more hygienic. Ultimately, our goal is to elevate a person’s image while creating a great smile.