With a combined professional experience of more than 85 years, our faculty orthodontists give patients the confidence and peace of mind that comes with a beautiful smile. Well-aligned and properly positioned teeth enhance their function, appearance and significantly contribute to your overall dental health. Trusting your care to our faculty orthodontists means you’ll receive state-of-the-art care from skilled orthodontists who specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of jaw and bite irregularities (malocclusions).
Faculty Dental Practice orthodondists treat patients through all phases of development, beginning with early childhood through adolescence and adulthood. Our team understand children and adults have different needs and treatment options. We also do our best to accomodate our patients and offer appointments that fit their schedule.
Whether it's traditional braces or custom made removable appliance, our expert orthodontists can help you achieve a healthy, symmetrical and beautiful smile.
Teaching orthodontists at the Faculty Dental Practice treat all orthodontic conditions. They also collaborate with our other faculty dentists and specialists to provide treatment for any other dental needs.
Some of our most common treatments include:
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the dental specialty uniquely concerned with how the teeth fit together. Additionally, orthodontics also focuses on neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities associated with the anatomy surrounding the mouth and jaw.
Orthodontics is commonly associated with braces and related cosmetic benefits. But beyond braces and improved smiles, orthodontic treatment is essential to overall oral health. Properly aligned teeth that fit together correctly are much easier to keep clean and less likely to wear irregularly. Orthodontic care reduces the risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease (such as gingivitis) and other dental diseases or conditions.
Braces and Beyond
Orthodontists use many advanced solutions for malocclusions and related cosmetic problems. To determine the best treatment option, the orthodontist generally will perform a visual examination, conduct x-rays and create study models (bite impressions). Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment option is selected. Common treatment options include:
- Fixed orthodontic braces: A metal or ceramic dental base is affixed to each tooth and a dental wire is inserted through each base. The orthodontist gradually trains the teeth into proper alignment by regular adjustments to the wire's tension. When the desired results are achieved, the fixed dental braces are completely removed.
- Removable appliances: Orthodontists use a wide variety of removable appliances such as headgear commonly used to correct overbites and other conditions, Hawley retainers to improve the positions of teeth even as the jawbone reforms, and facemasks are used to correct an underbite.
- Invisalign®: A newer, removable type of dental aligner that is completely transparent. While it works in the same manner as traditional metal braces, it is easily removed for eating or speech. An orthodontist can help you determine wheter Invisalign® is the best alternative for you.