Orthodontics (Braces)

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Orthodontics, the oldest of the dental specialties, focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatment allows us to bring the teeth and jaws into harmony three-dimensionally. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic – beautiful smiles, improved dental health, and an enhanced quality of life for people of ALL ages.

Dr. Conti follows the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontics, which recommends an orthodontic screening for each child around the age of seven or about the time of the eruption of the upper permanent front teeth. This permits the identification of any developing problems as well as the initiation of any indicated interceptive treatment. In the majority of cases, treatment will not begin until much later. However, because of the instances in which a child would benefit from treatment at a younger age, it is important that everyone be at least evaluated at an early age. Knowledge of developing problems combined with right-on-time treatment brings peace of mind to the parent and the child.

The most profound treatment results come from the correction of growth imbalances. This is one of the reasons that it is most beneficial to screen for problems around the age of seven – while there is still significant remaining facial growth remaining.

Adults can be treated at any age. It is never too late to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile. Some adults have missing teeth which may cause abnormal movement of the remaining teeth. Some may have had braces earlier in life, but teeth have shifted out of their original position. Many adults never had orthodontic treatment, and could benefit greatly from a beautiful, healthy smile.

Dr. Amanda Conti enjoys treating patients of ALL ages: children, adolescents, and adults. They are happy to provide comprehensive initial examinations at no charge.

All of the braces used at Jasper Dental Associates are state-of-the-art. By utilizing modern, highly-efficient technologies, patients enjoy shorter appointments, more time between visits, and less time in treatment. Your time is valuable; we recognize that.

There are a variety of orthodontic technologies currently employed at the office. Below are a few – check them out!

Metallic braces are the most familiar type. They are most often recommended for certain types of treatment. They are held on to teeth with space-age adhesive, so that frequent bracket breakage is a thing of the past!

Ceramic or “tooth-colored” brackets bond onto the outside surfaces of your teeth, similar to conventional braces. Their clear or natural color gives them a less noticeable, “camouflaged” look.

Three out of Four People can Benefit from Braces – The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) estimates that up to 75 percent of people could benefit from orthodontic care. Nearly 5 million people in the United States and Canada are presently in orthodontic treatment, according to the AAO. One in five is over age 18. Some are as young as 2 or 3, and some are in their 50s, 60s, and older. Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age.

Braces Change Looks and Outlooks – A healthy, beautiful smile is the most obvious result of orthodontic treatment, but there’s so much more to the specialty of orthodontics than meets the eye. Some people with crooked teeth, reflexively cover her mouth whenever laughing or smiling. Some people cannot chew their food properly because of a “bad bite”. As we improve a person’s smile, self-esteem increases, too.

Orthodontics can be Life-Changing – First impressions often are based on the appearance of a person’s face, mouth and teeth. A person with a facial deformity or crooked teeth often is judged negatively not only on appearance but also on many other characteristics such as intelligence and personality. Independent research studies have shown that people who believe their teeth or jaws are unattractive may suffer from a lack of self-esteem and confidence. In some cases, the psychological impact of crooked teeth has been found to hamper a person’s social or vocational growth. Although dental health concerns are frequently the primary impetus for orthodontic treatment, it is not unusual for treatment to be initiated for the patient’s emotional well-being. In many cases, orthodontics provides both physical and psychological benefits.