is the area of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites). A malocclusion is marked by a misalignment of teeth or incorrect relation between the teeth of the upper and/or lower jaws. Orthodontic treatment can focus on tooth displacement only, or can also deal with the control and modification of facial growth (functional orthodontics or dentofacial orthopedics.)
treatment is normally carried out for purely cosmetic reasons: to have a straight and beautiful smile. Easy methods of treatment are usually performed with metal brackets and wires. Invisalign
can also be successfully used for this type of treatment. Treatment time can vary, based on age and severity of misalignment. We caution many readers to be skeptical of claims for “speedy” or “accelerated” treatments as such care can often have high relapse potential. Changing the flow of Mother Nature is often not advised. We will provide you with a fairly accurate time frame for your treatment that is based on the best possible results and the ideal optimal long term stability.
is used to treat complex issues, TMJ
problems and provide more advanced treatment methods for malocclusions. More emphasis is placed on muscle function, jaw growth, genetic predisposition, and balancing the bite.... rather than focusing exclusively on teeth. Appliances, advanced wires, retainers, bonding techniques, and different type of brackets are used for this type of treatment. Treatment time is generally longer than regular orthodontics. Functional Orthodontics is NOT used by all orthodontists or dentists.