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What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that addresses oral issues including malocclusions, misalignments, crooked or crowded teeth, jaw and bite abnormalities, and more. An orthodontist is someone who has graduated from dental school and completed an orthodontic residency program for 2-3 years. Similar to how a doctor can specialize in surgery or orthopedics, a dentist can become a specialist in orthodontics.


Why is orthodontics important?

Orthodontic treatment is about more than just straightening teeth. Creating a healthy, functional bite promotes oral health and general physical health. Correct alignment of the jaw and teeth can help to prevent more serious issues later in life, including jaw pain, headaches, cavities, broken teeth, gum pain, grinding, and more. The attractive smile created through treatment is also a great bonus!

What is orthodontics

What is the right age to
begin orthodontic treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children be seen by an orthodontist around age 7. At this age, adult teeth are starting to come in, and a specialist can see whether or not everything is developing correctly. While most children don’t start braces at this age, some children can benefit greatly from early intervention treatment.

Early intervention treatment happens in early childhood and is done to correct any jaw problems that are developing before they become more severe. This treatment may include widening the palate to make room for adult teeth, removing stubborn baby teeth, correcting spacing and gap issues, etc. Early intervention treatment can greatly decrease the cost of orthodontic treatment later on by catching abnormalities before they create too much trouble in your child’s developing mouth.

Braces for children & teens

What is orthodontics

Am I too old
for braces?

Many of our fantastic patients are adults. We work with patients of all ages. In our opinion, it’s never too late to achieve your best smile, and we are prepared to help you do just that. Orthodontic technology continues to advance and improve, and straightening adult teeth is more possible than ever.

Adult braces

What is orthodontics

What is the first step to
beginning orthodontic treatment?

If you are ready to start your smile transformation, the first step is to come in for a no-obligation consultation. We want you to visit our fun office, meet our Specialist Orthodontist, and see what treatments we have to offer. At this appointment, we will also discuss pricing for your unique treatment plan, and figure out what payment method works well for your budget. We have options for everyone.

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What is orthodontics