|What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that focused on diagnosing, preventing and treating misaligned aligned teeth and/or jaws. After finishing dental school, orthodontists attend a two or three year residency program to learn tooth movement and facial development, making them the uniquely educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws. Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. That means that orthodontic treatment is what they do, and that is all they do. Orthodontists treat a wide variety of malocclusions (misaligned aligned teeth and/or jaws). They regularly treat young children, teens and adults.
What is the benefit of Orthodontics?
Straight teeth help us bite and chew correctly and contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Straight teeth are easier to brush and keep clean. Teeth that stick out are also at a greater risk of damage from sports and falls. A wonderful side effect of orthodontics is a good looking smile. An attractive smile can help boost self esteem and boost self confidence.
How do braces work?
Braces act as small handles on the teeth that allow Dr. Myers to apply gentle pressures to the teeth and guide them into the proper position. Braces are not the only tools we use. Rubber bands, expanders and occasionally headgear are things that Dr. Myers may deem necessary for proper tooth guidance.
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