The specialty of Orthodontics deals with the correction of dental problems such as crooked teeth, crowding, impacted or missing teeth, malocclusion (improper bites), jaw growth problems, and certain types of jaw or joint pain. Orthodontics is important not only to a great smile and improved self confidence, but to better dental health. Teeth in correct alignment are easier to clean. That can make them more resistant to decay and less susceptible to gum disease. Alignment may also prevent teeth and jaw discomforts that can come from uneven wear. In essence, we’re building the foundation for exceptional oral health.
Our goal is to provide our patients with the highest-quality orthodontic care at a reasonable fee while maximizing patient convenience and comfort.
To attain our objectives, we remain focused on solid research and tried-and-proven treatment techniques, invest heavily in continuing education, facilities improvement and well-educated, trained staff, and disregard the “quick fix.” We feel that short-term objectives in dental care are not the way to achieve superior results.
Rest assured that we will extend to you every courtesy, consideration, and recommendation that we would to our own family members. Once you walk through our doors, you’re one of the family!
BENEFITS OF TREATMENT
- A more attractive smile: one of our goals is to give you such a great smile that you will smile more often and with confidence.
- Improved self-esteem: Although true beauty comes from within, it is also true that if we like the way we look, we will feel better about ourselves and have greater self-confidence.
- Better function: some bite problems cause difficulty in speech & eating. Properly aligned teeth and jaws provide maximum functionality of the chewing & speech mechanisms. Also, misalignment of the teeth and bite can lead to uneven wear and damage to teeth.
Our Services Include:
Braces for adults, adolescents, and children
- Invisalign clear aligners / invisible braces
- Keyless Expanders
- Habit appliances
- Space maintainers
- Functional appliances
- Early treatment and growth modification
- Customized appliances designed uniquely for each patient
The following early warning signs usually indicate that your child should have an orthodontic exam:
- Early or late loss of teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Finger sucking or other oral habits
- Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
- Speech difficulty
- Biting the cheek or into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
- Facial imbalance
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
If your child is approaching the age of seven, it’s time to make an appointment for an initial exam. The American Association of Orthodontists has recommended that the proper age for a child’s first visit to the orthodontist is no later than seven years of age. Star Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry strongly encourages this practice.
Some orthodontic problems such as severe crowding or improper jaw alignment are best treated at an early age while baby teeth are still present and jaw growth can be guided and modified. When early treatment (also called “phase one treatment”) is necessary, we have very specific goals which are generally reached in 9 – 18 months. By correcting certain problems early we are often able to avoid the extraction of permanent teeth or even jaw surgery. Most often, after phase one treatment there is a rest period followed by a second phase of treatment when all the permanent teeth have erupted.
On average, one of every four to five orthodontic patients is an adult. Generally speaking, you are never too old for treatment. At any age, eligibility for treatment simply requires healthy teeth and gums.