Orthodontics for the Whole Family

What Is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are dentists who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and correction of misaligned teeth, irregular bite patterns, and improperly aligned jaws. An orthodontist also focuses on the field of dentofacial orthopedics, which relates to the modification of facial growth.

Why See an Orthodontist?

All of the following symptoms may be a sign you need to see an orthodontist:

  • trouble biting or chewing
  • misplaced teeth
  • blocked-out teeth
  • overcrowded teeth
  • a shifting jaw that either protrudes (sticks out) or retrudes (pulls inward)
  • a jaw that makes clicking sounds
  • trouble speaking
  • imbalanced facial features
  • clenching or grinding
  • teeth that do not meet up at all or that meet up abnormally
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Common Orthodontic Issues

At Smile Workshop, our orthodontists use their experience to create each patient a custom-designed treatment plan.

Underbites

An underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends out further than the upper jaw.

Overbites

An overbite means that the front teeth on the upper arch extend forward further than those on the lower arch. An overbite can cause an individual’s front teeth on the lower arch to injure the roof of the mouth. When the overbite is severe, chewing can be a challenge.

Crossbites

A crossbite is characterized by the patient’s upper teeth sitting behind the lower teeth. Left untreated, a crossbite can lead to misaligned jaw growth and tooth stratification.

Dental midlines that do not match

If the patient’s back bite does not match up properly, it can negatively impact the jaw and inhibit correct dental function.

Open bites

When the front teeth on the upper and lower arches do not overlap, the teeth cannot come together. An open bite often makes chewing difficult and can contribute to other habits, including tongue thrusting.

Protrusion of the upper front teeth

The patient’s teeth on the upper arch extend outward further than the lower front teeth, or the lower front teeth do not extend far enough forward. Left untreated, the teeth in the lower arch may grow larger than the teeth in the upper arch. 

Types of Braces & Aligners

Today, patients have a variety of teeth-straightening options. 

Although traditional metal braces remain the best treatment for certain conditions, there are several options for patients whose orthodontic issue does not require the use of traditional metal braces.

Traditional Braces

Dental braces are used to help correct the alignment of teeth, lips and jaws. Braces can be applied at any age, so it’s never too late to find the smile you want. Traditional metal braces are adhered to your teeth and connected with wires that must be tightened every 4-6 weeks.

Self-Ligating Braces

This option is much like traditional metal and ceramic braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastic bands. Instead, the wire is held in place by a spring-loaded door. With self-ligating braces, adjustments are easier and quicker. Self-ligating braces are available with clear or metal brackets.

Ceramic Braces

This treatment option works just like traditional braces; however, instead of metal brackets, these brackets consist of a ceramic that is designed to blend with the color of the patient’s teeth. Sometimes, the wires can match the color of the teeth as well.

Lingual Braces

The custom-designed clear trays (aka aligners) used with Invisalign® are not attached directly to the teeth. The aligners are switched out every couple of weeks, the new aligner is slightly different from the one before it. Since these aligners are removable and taken out before eating, patients can eat whatever they want.

Invisalign®

This treatment option works just like traditional braces; however, instead of metal brackets, these brackets consist of a ceramic that is designed to blend with the color of the patient’s teeth. Sometimes, the wires can match the color of the teeth as well.