When most people think of orthodontics, their minds immediately race to teenagers and metal braces. But that’s old-school. At Smile Huntington, we practice modern orthodontics, which is an arm of dentistry that not only straightens teeth with the help of dental appliances like traditional braces and clear aligners, but is also a focused specialty in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities.
Because Smile Huntington specializes in the field of orthodontic dentistry, along with cosmetic, general, and family dentistry, patients know that they’ll receive focused, specialized care for their exact needs.
The American Dental Association recommends that an orthodontic assessment be performed on your child no later than the age of seven. This way, we’ll be able to make recommendations on possible alignment and spacing issues that are less invasive than traditional metal braces – such as simply removing a tooth that’s creating an over-crowding issue.
Another great option in modern orthodontics is removable dental aligners such as Invisalign®, now available in an array of options for patients of all ages – including adults!
It’s common for people to think that the only advantage to having straighter teeth is for an improved smile and increased self-esteem.
But did you know there are actually oral health benefits associated with having straighter teeth?
Some of the most common disorders that will surface from an irregular bite and crooked teeth include periodontitis (commonly called gum disease), an increased risk for a painful jaw disorder known as TMJ (temporomandibular disorder), and an elevated chance of tooth injury.
Even though these conditions can be treated at Smile Huntington, the best advice we can offer is to prevent the need for costly dental work down the line. One way to do this is through preventative dentistry, with the added help of modern orthodontic care.
The takeaway we want to leave you with is this: When you select a dentist near you who includes orthodontics in their suite of services – such as Smile Huntington — you won’t have to be dashing all over town visiting one practice for your preventative dentistry appointments and another dentist office in Huntington for you or your child’s orthodontic treatment. And when you factor in our convenient appointment hours – including Saturday – we think you’ll agree that visiting a dentist has never been easier!