"Ortho" means correct or straight, and "Odont" means tooth.
Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws to improve your smile and oral health. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints can be resolved.
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening.
However, orthodontic treatment isn't just for kids - more and more adults are also wearing braces to correct minor problems and improve their smiles!
Orthodontic treatment may be beneficial to patients suffering from any of the following conditions;
" early or late loss of baby teeth
" difficulty in chewing or biting
" mouth breathing
" thumb sucking as a child
" crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
" jaws that shift or make sounds
" speech difficulties
" biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
" teeth that meet abnormally, or don't meet at all
" facial imbalance
" jaws that are too far forward or back
" grinding or clenching of the teeth
Although individual problems determine the best time to start orthodontic treatment, early diagnosis is best. Contact us today and arrange your consultation.