What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the area of dentistry which focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of misalignment of teeth. Proper alignment is achieved by using corrective devices such as braces, so that your jaw, lips, and teeth are all properly positioned.


What is malocclusion?

Malocclusion is a term which means that the teeth and jaw are not in their proper positions, and since very few people actually have perfectly aligned teeth, most people have malocclusion of some kind. By treating malocclusion early, your teeth can be made easier to clean, you’ll have less tooth decay and fewer gum diseases, and you’ll have a much nicer smile.


What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment involves the prescription and design of custom-made teeth-straightening devices. These might be either fixed or removable, and are generally composed of ceramic, plastic, or metal. The purpose of braces is to gradually shift teeth toward their proper positions.


At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age, as long as teeth are healthy enough to be shifted into proper alignment. It’s most effective for children if they have been diagnosed and begin treatment by age 11.


Why is orthodontic treatment important?

It can sometimes be extremely hard to get at overcrowded teeth for proper cleaning, and that can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and sometimes even removal of teeth. Some orthodontic issues also cause tooth surfaces to be unevenly worn down, and can also promote discomfort of facial muscles.