About Orthodontics
More Than Beautiful Smiles

The term "Orthodontics" is derived from two Greek words ... "orthos" meaning right or correct and "dons" meaning tooth. To have orthodontic treatment is to have "correct teeth."

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.  The technical term for these problems is "malocclusion," which means "bad bite."  The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces)to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.

Everyone knows that braces straighten crooked teeth.  However, we want you to know that the scope and purpose of orthodontics is much broader than beautiful smiles.  Orthodontic treatment also plays an important role in improving overall health.  You'll soon discover how and why the dental specialty of orthodontics can benefit you or your child and can lead to a lifetime of healthy, attractive smiles.

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