Orthodontists are specially trained dentists who focus on the development, prevention and correction of misalignment of the teeth, bite and jaws. They use a broad range of braces (including Invisalign) and a variety of other tools to straighten teeth. Gundersen orthodontists specialize in treating children, but adults can also benefit from orthodontic care. Call us today for a free consultation.
You or your child may be referred to an orthodontist by your family dentist, recommending orthodontic treatment to improve your smile. The American Dental Association also recommends that every child receive an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7, so early treatment may be provided if needed.
Why choose orthodontic treatment?
Any orthodontic problem may be classified as a malocclusion, or "bad bite." The following problems may be helped or minimized with proper orthodontic treatment:
- Misaligned, crooked, or crowded teeth
- Missing teeth
- Extra teeth
- An overbite
- An underbite
- Misaligned or incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
The benefits of orthodontic treatment can be life changing for patients, and they are easy to see--an improved sense of well being and self confidence that comes with an improved smile. Other benefits may be less visible, but equally important. Orthodontic treatment can help patients with:
- Improved eating habits, and the ability to chew better
- Healthier temporomandibular (jaw) joints
- Improved facial cosmetics
- Improvements in sleep apnea
- Preventing wear and tear on your teeth from a misaligned bite