Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions*).
Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.
Invisalign® Clear Braces, ClearCorrect and SureSmile Aligners
Clear aligner systems such as Invisalign, ClearCorrect, and SureSmile are a series of removable aligning trays, which gradually reposition the teeth into the correct alignment. Generally, trays are worn for two weeks before they are discarded for trays which fit the new positioning of the teeth. Trays can be easily removed for eating and social functions, but must be worn as much as possible for expedient results. Clear aligners are a convenient type of orthodontics, but requires commitment from the wearer.
Clear, removable braces are generally recommended for minor to moderate alignment problems.
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*Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don’t fit together correctly. Malocclusions not only affect the teeth, but also the appearance of the face. Most malocclusions are inherited; however some are due to acquired habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. The spacing left from an adult tooth being extracted or an early loss of a baby tooth can also contribute to a malocclusion.