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Orthodontics 101

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of the teeth and jaws to improve a person’s smile and oral health. An orthodontists will diagnose, treat and prevent irregularities of the teeth and bite through the use of braces or orthodontic aligners. These devices can be used to straighten teeth, correct irregular bite, close gaps and bring teeth and lips into proper alignment. Crooked teeth that do not fit together properly are harder to clean and are at risk of being lost early because of tooth decay or periodontal disease.

When To See An Orthodontist

If you notice any of these signs in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with our office:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

If you have noticed any of the above signs, call our office for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation.