Orthodontics is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of irregularities in the alignment of your teeth and/or jaws. An orthodontist often utilizes braces to correct such irregularities, though more comfortable options exist that might serve as alternatives to traditional brackets and wires. For children, interceptive orthodontics can prevent malocclusion (crooked teeth) from growing worse and affecting the alignment of their permanent teeth.
By straightening crooked teeth, orthodontic treatment helps alleviate trouble with biting and chewing, and can help children and adults alike avoid more serious oral health complications. It also improves the esthetic value and your level of confidence in your smile by creating more symmetrical and attractive tooth alignment. For older teen and adult patients who wish to avoid treatment with metal brackets and wires, there are alternatives that may be more suitable, such as Invisalign® clear aligners. Compared to orthodontic braces, Invisalign is significantly more comfortable and nearly invisible while in place.