About Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment provides a number of benefits, including a more pleasing appearance, a healthier mouth, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

Dental specialists known as orthodontists provide orthodontic care. Orthodontists attend an ADA-approved orthodontic training program for two or more years beyond their four years in dental school before they begin to provide orthodontic care.

Orthodontic Conditions

Orthodontic Treatment Options

Orthodontic appliances may be fixed, which means they stay in place for a long time, or removable. Consisting of wires, bands and brackets, braces are the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances. Other fixed appliances include fixed space maintainers to hold open a gap left by the premature loss of a baby tooth and appliances to control thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Removable orthodontic appliances include aligners that serve as an alternative to traditional braces for adults. Removable space maintainers, jaw repositioning appliances, removable retainers and removable headgear are other types of removable orthodontic appliances.

Your orthodontist can help you determine which orthodontic treatment option is right for you or for your child.

What to Expect During Your First Orthodontic Visit