Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions*). Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care provider known as an Orthodontist, who has typically completed two to three years of additional training beyond dental school.
Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.
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*Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don’t fit together correctly. Malocclusions not only affect the teeth, but also the appearance of the face. Most malocclusions are inherited; however some are due to acquired habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. The spacing left from an adult tooth being extracted or an early loss of a baby tooth can also contribute to a malocclusion.
- What is Orthodontics?
- What is an Orthodontist?
- What is a Malocclusion?
- Who Can Benefit From Orthodontics?
- Orthodontic Treatment (Braces)
- Orthodontic Treatment Phases
- Braces for Children
- Braces for Adults
- Do Braces Hurt?
- Care Following Orthodontics – Retainers
- Damon® Braces
- In-Ovation® L MTM
- Why Straighten Teeth?
- Orthodontic Dictionary
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