Orthodontics is a dental specialty focused on aligning your bite and straightening your teeth. You might need to see an orthodontist if you have crooked, overlapped, twisted or gapped teeth. Common orthodontic treatments include traditional braces, clear aligners and removable retainers.

When should I take my child to the orthodontist?

Children should have their first orthodontic visit no later than the age of 7. While many children won’t need treatment at this age, it’s a good time to find out if there are any issues to watch out for. Often, children who need early orthodontic treatment can reduce their need for extensive dental procedures in the future.

Who benefits from orthodontics?

Almost everyone can gain some benefit from orthodontics. But some people need treatment more than others. Many people seek orthodontic treatment because they want to improve the appearance of their smile. But in addition to cosmetic benefits, orthodontics offers improved chewing function and better oral health.

Common orthodontic problems

Types of orthodontic problems include:

    • Overbite, when your upper teeth stick out over your lower teeth.
    • Underbite, when your lower teeth stick out further than your upper teeth.
    • Overlapping teeth.
    • Crowded teeth.
    • Crooked teeth.
    • Rotated teeth.
    • Impacted teeth (which are partially or fully trapped in your jawbone).

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