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How can an orthodontist help straighten my teeth?

Orthodontics are used to treat a malocclusion ("bad bite"), to straighten teeth, and to correct jaw alignment.

You may be familiar with traditional braces. Usually made of metal, these braces can now be only as noticeable as you want. Brackets, the part of the braces that attach to each tooth, are smaller and can sometimes be attached to the back of the tooth to make them less noticeable. Brackets can be made of metal, ceramic, plastic, or a combination of these materials. Some brackets are clear or tooth colored.

Another type of orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move your teeth over time. These aligners are more discreet than traditional braces. Prices and the length of treatment are different depending on what you choose. Aligners are not suitable for every patient; talk to your dentist about the right choice for you.
Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has additional training in diagnosing and treating problems with the smile and bite. He uses a variety of tools ranging from braces to surgery to correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, deepbites, openbites, and crowded, crooked teeth. You may contact an orthodontist directly if you think your teeth are crooked or your bite is off. You may also be referred there by your family dentist.
Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

An orthodontist goes through 2-3 years of additional training after dental school to become a specialist in moving and straightening teeth. Orthodontists learn all of the different complexities and limitations of straightening teeth. Every year they learn new and different techniques to address different and unique problems that patients may present with. If you are interested in straightening your teeth you can ask your dentist for a referral or find a local orthodontist yourself.

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