ORTHODONTIC TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS IN NEW MILFORD, BROOKFIELD, CT & BEYOND
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tooth misalignments and jaw irregularities (malocclusions) using braces, clear aligners and other appliances. Not just for aesthetic enhancement, orthodontics also serves to improve a patient’s overall oral health for a lifetime, and can even help with speech impediments. A properly aligned bite makes it easier to eat, smile and speak!
What is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who chooses to specialize in the alignment of teeth, attending an additional years of training beyond dental school in a university with an orthodontic residency program. While some general dentists do offer braces to patients, an orthodontist is the expert in recognizing and treating tooth alignment and bite issues.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
Treatment typically takes 6-30 months and is dependent upon age, severity of alignment issues, and the treatment method that is used.
What Types of Problems are Treated with Orthodontics?
Some of the most common problems that can be fixed with braces are overbites, underbites, overcrowding, and spacing issues.
What is the First Step in treating Orthodontic problems?
Orthodontic problems often result from genetic factors but can be exacerbated by environmental factors such as finger sucking. Proper diagnosis is critical before any orthodontic treatment can begin. At O’Keiff Orthodontics, our children’s and adult orthodontist will provide a thorough diagnostic of your teeth structure to ensure the proper steps are taken to correct your smile. Complete diagnosis involves taking photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions. These painless diagnostic procedures enable us to make informative decisions about which treatment is right for you.
We recognize that outstanding results are dependent on maximizing the coordination of care between you and our practice. We are committed to delivering the best possible service in order for you to achieve your orthodontic objectives. Contact our office in New Milford, CT today to learn more about our orthodontic treatments and to schedule an initial appointment!