Orthodontics refers to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dental and facial irregularities such as crooked teeth, crowding, spacing, protruding upper teeth, and bite problems. Braces and other orthodontic appliances are used to correct these problems by moving the teeth and jaw into proper alignment.
Orthodontic treatment can help patients of all ages, although treatment is most effective as soon as a problem is detected. Treatment is designed to help you both aesthetically (by improving your smile) and functionally (by improving your bite). Patients who undergo orthodontic treatment often enjoy greater self-confidence with their new smile.
Children should have an orthodontic exam before they turn 7 to detect and treat any problems early and to ensure optimal results. It is important to treat malocclusions before problems worsen or cause tooth decay, gum disease, surface wearing, stress on the gum and bone, jaw misalignment, headaches, or face and neck pain.
At Dental Health Associates, P.A. in New Jersey, our orthodontists offer traditional options for braces as well as Invisalign®.