Comprehensive Adult and Teen Functional Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the art of using special appliances to straighten and align the teeth, jawbones and bite.

Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. In this method, arch wires are threaded through brackets that are bonded to the surface of the teeth.The arch wires act as a track, and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic "tooth colored" braces, as well as clear plastic braces. Invisalign is another popular option for teeth alignment.

Functional orthodontics is another way of working with the natural growth pattern to correct bone and jaw joint disharmony. Appliances made of plastic and wire, like retainers, can move bones as well as teeth and work with the body's natural growth in 6-16 year old children.

For some teens and most adults we offer Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign treatment has some advantages over traditional metal braces and some disadvantages. There are certain tooth movements that are much easier for Invisalign and a few movements that braces does better. Our research and experience will help decide the better treatment in each individual case.

We cover the basics at our practice. Ask us today about what we can do to help you get a straighter, more beautiful smile.

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