Orthodontics is the first specialty of dentistry concerned with the study, diagnosis and treatment of malocclusions or improper bites. These may be the result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both. Orthodontic treatment can focus on tooth movement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth, which is called dentofacial orthopedics.
The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic – beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for people of all ages. For some patients, the best part of getting orthodontic treatment is having the freedom to smile and display the gorgeous fruits of their efforts.
Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. For adequate diagnosis, we take full orthodontic records, which includes photographs, x-rays and a dental (intra-oral) scan.
Orthodontists are uniquely qualified dental specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites). They receive an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists.