Your neighborhood Orthodontist
It’s important for our teeth and jaws to properly align to promote better aesthetics and ensure proper function. Orthodontic treatments are designed to correct alignment issues, so patients can feel confident and comfortable with their smiles.
What is Orthodontics?
A specialized branch of dentistry, orthodontics focuses on diagnosing and treating misaligned teeth and bites, also known as malocclusions. In addition to traditional dental school, an orthodontist will have completed a residence program and three extra years of study to acquire specialize knowledge and experience required in their professions.
Dentists will typically refer patients to orthodontists when they show signs the following dental issues:
- Overbites: An abnormality that happens when the top teeth protrude much further than the bottom teeth
- Underbites: An alignment issue in which the bottom front teeth extend further out than the top teeth
- Open Bites: An alignment issue that prevents the bottom and top teeth from meeting.
- Crossbites: A malocclusion in which the upper teeth sit within the inside of the lower teeth.
- Overcrowding: A developmental issue in which the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate the teeth, causing them to appear crowded or overlapped.
Through specialized treatments, orthodontists are able to correct these types of problems to restore function and improve overall aesthetics.
Common Treatment Options
Orthodontic treatment usually requires the use of appliances, such as braces, spacers or headgear. Traditional braces involve a series of wires and brackets, which are attached to the teeth and occasionally tightened to help slowly shift them into correct positions.
In some cases, patients can also achieve the same goals through Invisalign® treatments, which involve a series of clear, plastic aligner trays that fit over the teeth and slowly shift them into proper place.
Fixed spacers are another type of orthodontic treatment used to keep space open for adult teeth when children lose baby teeth prematurely. Splints are often used to help train the jaw to sit in a more appropriate position, while lip bumpers are sometimes used to create more space between the teeth and lips.
Your orthodontist will discuss appropriate treatment options based on your unique needs. In some cases, multiple appliances may be needed depending on the goals of the treatment.
Why Seek Orthodontic Treatment?
While they do provide amazing aesthetic benefits, orthodontic treatments can also help improve speech, reduce the risk of tooth decay and relieve jaw discomfort.
Who Should Get Treatment?
Although orthodontic treatments are quite common for children and teens, many adults often receive orthodontic care to correct problems that were never addressed in their youth.
How Much Do Orthodontics Cost?
The costs of orthodontic treatment can vary based on the extent of the issue, the necessary treatments, the individual orthodontist and your location.
On average, you can expect to pay from $4,000 to $7,400 for Invisalign® treatments and between $3,000 and $8,000 for traditional braces, with metal braces being on the lower end and ceramic braces costing a bit more.
Many dental plans will cover at least a portion of the cost for orthodontic treatment for teens and children. On the other hand, adults have to pay out-of-pocket, even if they have dental insurance. If affordability is an issue, we are happy to offer flexible financing plans to make treatment a realistic option.
How do I Schedule an Appointment?
We know that you are busy, which is why we offer flexible scheduling options for you, and your kids. Weekends and evenings are not a problem, so call us today to schedule your appointment!