Orthodontics involves the diagnosis and treatment of structural problems involving the jaws and dentition. Orthodontic problems can affect your dental and general health, as well as your personal appearance.

Everybody wants to have an attractive smile. When you smile with confidence, you look your best and feel good about yourself. Straight teeth and a broad smile are very important to a person's positive self- image and have been shown to help make a good first impression. .

If the teeth are out of position, they are often more difficult to clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Teeh frequently need to be moved in order to improve the restorative process of missing teeth.

Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age; approximately 25% of today's orthodontic patients are adults. Teeth can be moved at any age and therefore more adults are proceeding with orthodontic treatment today in an effort to achieve straight teeth and a healthy smile. Many adults today prefer the clear or Invisalign, which are more esthetically pleasing than the standard metal braces. Very often, a removable retainer worn at home and sleeping can be used to correct the alignment of front teeth.

No two smiles are alike, and therefore no two orthodontic treatment programs are either. Typically, active treatment times range from one to two and a half years and vary with the degree of tooth movement and the severity of the malocclusion.

You are never too old to improve your smile. If you have crooked teeth or you don't like your smile, come in for a consultation appointment to see what treatment options are possible.