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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist for an initial examination by the age of seven.

However, there are some cases that can actually determine that corrective care is necessary at this early age.

Interceptive (early) orthodontic care can be engaged for specific problems such as posterior crossbite with a functional shift of the lower jaw, anterior crossbite, underbite, severe overjet (protrusion of the top teeth) or severe crowding.

Bites commonly treated using orthodontics are:

Posterior Crossbite: A posterior crossbite will usually result from a narrow upper jaw or abnormally wide lower jaw. A narrow upper jaw will often force a patient to move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing into a stable bite. When closed into this accommodating position, the lower teeth are located outside the upper teeth. A posterior crossbite can involve one side of the jaw, known as a unilateral crossbite or both sides of the jaw known as a bilateral crossbite.

Underbite: An underbite is typically evidenced by the upper front teeth being in contact or edge-to-edge with the lower teeth. A severe underbite may be considered an openbite in which case an opening appears between the upper and lower front teeth.

Anterior Crossbite: An anterior crossbite is typically an orthodontic problem evidenced by the appearance of the lower front teeth being too far forward in front of the upper front teeth.

Crowding: Crowding of the teeth is probably the most common orthodontic problem. Although many factors contribute to dental crowding, this problem typically stems from a discrepancy between space in each jaw and in the size of the teeth.

Overbite: Also known as an overbite, a deep bite is excessive overlapping of the front teeth and is generally found in association with a discrepancy between the length of the upper and lower jaws, it usually results in excessive eruption of the upper or lower incisors or both.

We always try to avoid extracting teeth if possible. However, in some cases, there is simply not enough room in the jaws to fit all of the teeth. 

Adolescent Care: Adolescents are the majority of orthodontic patients. Often, this is the ideal time to straighten the teeth and correct the bite since all or nearly all of the teeth have erupted.
A healthy smile is a confident smile and we believe every patient deserves the opportunity to smile with confidence. Orthodontic treatment can provide your teenagers with the opportunity to feel good about themselves and smile with confidence.

We also can offer adults orthodontics using Invisalign.  

Orthodontics is more than straight teeth. An overbite, underbite, a dysfunctional smile, a sunken or protruding chin can, in many cases be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Proper tooth and jaw alignment are critical to achieving proper long-term oral health.

We have put together a list of topics below.  You can also visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.aaoinfo org for additional information.