Orthodontics

Giving You Something to Smile About

Malocclusion happens when teeth are abnormally aligned, or when upper and lower teeth don’t fit together correctly. About 30 percent of the population has malocclusions severe enough to need to see the orthodontist and get metal braces. Treating malocclusions remains completed by some metal braces or a realignment system like Invisalign. Braces usually take between one to two years to straighten teeth.

Patients may require fixed appliances such as braces to be placed on their teeth if:

  • Teeth are not conforming to a normal arch shape.
  • Teeth are crowded.
  • If multiple teeth need to be moved.
  • If the tooth is not positioned correctly inside the mouth. It may be pointing outward or towards the inside of the mouth.
  • Needed to correct the position of the root of a tooth and make it more natural.
  • If your dentist or orthodontist recommends braces for these or other reasons.

Once teeth have been straightened using braces, orthodontic patients frequently need to wear a retainer for the long run to keep their teeth in the proper place.

Invisalign

Our office frequently chooses to use the Invisalign method of clear aligners to straighten their teeth. Invisalign uses clear trays instead of brackets applied directly to the teeth. If the teeth misalignments are not too severe, the Invisalign method of moving teeth can improve spacing, overcrowding, and mild tooth alignment problems. Invisalign clear aligners stay on the patient being treated full-time and are made of a transparent material. This clear material makes it hard for others to see that an orthodontic appliance is being worn. While Invisalign treatment isn’t for everyone, the process works very well for many people and preserves the look of a person’s smile.