A beautiful, straight smile can do more than make it easier to eat, speak, and keep your teeth clean. It can also boost your self-esteem.
If you or somebody you love has a smile that needs a little help, call one of our orthodontists at Towncare Dental today. Our experienced orthodontists offer a wide variety of services including traditional braces, clear braces, Invisalign® clear aligners, and other treatment methods that can transform your smile.
The first step is to schedule an orthodontic consultation. You’ll leave your first appointment knowing which type of orthodontic treatment will work best for you or your child, how long it will take, and how you can fit the cost into your family budget.
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who continues on after dental school to complete an additional two or more years of specialized training in the field of orthodontics. Orthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association and only an orthodontist who has completed the rigorous certification process has the training and the experience needed to be called a specialist. Many orthodontists are also recognized for their achievement by state boards and professional organizations like the American Board of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists.
What Does an Orthodontist Do?
Orthodontists are the experts when it comes to moving teeth and jaws into proper position. Many people have teeth that don’t fit together quite right. The technical term for this is “malocclusion.” That simply means “bad bite.”
Teeth that are not in alignment are not just a cosmetic problem. Crooked and crowded teeth can also trap food and bacteria, leading to a greater risk for cavities and gum disease. Malocclusions can make it difficult to eat or speak clearly. Plus, many people feel embarrassed about their smile and that can affect their comfort level in work and social situations.
Here is a list of some of the types of problems our orthodontists at Towncare Dental can fix:
- Crowded teeth
- Teeth that are rotated (twisted) or tilted out of normal position
- Extra spacing between teeth
- Cross bite, which is also called scissors bite
- Teeth that came in too far forward or back
- Jaws that are not aligned properly
When most people think of an orthodontist, they imagine braces. Braces have come a long way in the past decade and there are more choices than ever to help correct your smile. READ MORE
Our orthodontists are also certified in Invisalign® treatment. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable retainers to gently guide teeth into their proper position. Best of all, they’re almost invisible. That’s makes them a popular and convenient choice for business professionals, teachers, brides, and other people who are seeking an aesthetic solution. READ MORE
When Should You See an Orthodontist?
While many people remember braces as a rite of passage during the teenage years, the American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends children receive their first orthodontic check-up around age seven. Orthodontists can spot problems with jaw growth and how the child’s new teeth are coming in. It’s easier to correct many types of problems while the jaw and facial bones are still growing. This is also the time to address any bad habits, such as thumb-sucking, that could be pushing the teeth out of position. While children typically will not get braces until they are at least 11 years old and most of their permanent teeth are in place, other types of treatment can help guide the teeth and jaws into better alignment. That can save you time and money later.
Orthodontics aren’t just for teens, pre-teens and children. About one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. You’re never too old to have a beautiful smile. If you’ve been wondering how traditional braces, clear braces, or Invisalign treatment could help you, call one of our offices today to schedule a no-obligation orthodontic consultation.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of my Orthodontic Treatment?
Some insurance plans do offer orthodontic benefits. Insurance plans vary in the types of coverage they offer, so it’s best to call your insurance company to ask about your particular insurance benefits. Our experienced team at Towncare Dental will be happy to help you learn how you can fit the cost of orthodontic treatment into your budget.