Ortho 101

For Adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing…

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For Children

It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated…

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Ortho Dictionary

Appliance: Anything your orthodontist attaches to your teeth which moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.

Archwire: The metal wire that acts as a track to guide your teeth along as they move. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as your teeth move to their new positions.

Band: A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth, going completely around it. Bands provide a way to attach brackets to your teeth.

Bond: The seal created by orthodontic cement that holds your appliances in place…

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Two-phase Treatment

What Is Early Orthodontic Treatment?

The enthusiasm felt by the doctors and staff about early orthodontic treatment is evident in any discussion, and its benefits cannot be matched! The general dental community and our patients clearly recognize the valuable benefits obtained by this early treatment.

Early treatment enables the jaws to be precisely aligned as they develop and jaw size to be coordinated with tooth size. Each child’s growth potential is maximized so that all of the permanent teeth have room to come in naturally. In almost all cases, future problems (such as extractions) are avoided…

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Brace Painter

To start painting your braces, click on a color, then on the tooth you want to paint…

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Braces Diagram

Click on all portions of teeth and find out details…

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Oral Care Video

Sixteen video segments about what to expect and how to care for orthodontic appliances. Some of the topics covered include proper brushing, caring for retainers and appliances, flossing techniques, minor emergencies, relief of discomfort and more…

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New advancements in orthodontics make it possible to have braces which are practically invisible!

Invisalign is a state-of-the-art alternative to braces that is virtually undetectable by other people. Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, customized removable appliances called “aligners” – no brackets or wires!…

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Ask The Orthodontist

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist who has completed an advanced education program following dental school to learn the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development…

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