Orthodontists correct misalignments of the teeth and jaw. To become an orthodontist, a doctor must complete an additional 2 to 3 years of ADA-approved training beyond dental school. Board certification is available from the American Board of Orthodontics.
Orthodontists provide children, teens, and adults with therapies to enhance dental esthetics and function and to improve oral health. Interceptive orthodontics involves evaluating the dental development of children as young as age 7 to ensure proper development and eruption of permanent teeth. Orthodontists guide the positioning of teeth to alleviate crowded or widely spaced teeth and eliminate malocclusion to create optimal bite alignment.
Periodontal referrals for adults are made to:
- Create appropriate space for implants
- Align gums and bone tissue for esthetics
- Improve bite relationships and distribute biting forces
Services an orthodontist provides include:
- Traditional braces
- Clear braces
- Orthodontic appliances, such as palate expanders and retains
- Short-term orthodontics
Following orthodontic treatment, smiles not only look better, but oral function and health improve, as well.
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