Why Braces

Orthodontic treatment does so much more than enhance your beautiful smile – it creates a healthier you. Orthodontics improves bad bites, called malocclusions, which are caused by tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you speak, chew and clean your teeth, and can lead to a variety of problems, including jaw pain, headaches, gum disease and bone loss.

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Common Problems

Well aligned teeth are essential for overall oral health, yet it is rare that our teeth develop the “perfect bite” on their own. Causes of “bad bites” or malocclusion include genetics, thumb or finger sucking, mouth breathing, early or late loss of deciduous (baby) teeth, abnormal swallowing habits, poor dental hygiene, accidents or poor nutrition.  Whatever the cause, malocclusions left untreated can affect chewing, oral hygiene, speech, appearance and self-esteem.

  • Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

    This type of bite impacts the appearance and function of your teeth.  It is characterized by the upper teeth protruding too far forward.  Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.

    Teeth out the front of the skull

  • Underbite

    Characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

  • Spacing

    Spacing problems caused by missing teeth create issues with esthetics and function

    Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth.

  • Crowding

    Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room in the arch. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion and many times tooth removal can be avoided.

    Crowding creates areas for plaque and tooth decay

  • Crossbite

    The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth.  This may cause excessive wear on the teeth, misaligned jaw growth and TMJ (jaw joint) clicking and dysfunction. 

    Top teeth falling behind bottom teeth

  • Overbite (Overjet)

    The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth.  As a result, the posterior teeth may not bite together correctly which can lead to excessive wear on the molars.  The lower incisors often bite into the palate (roof of the mouth) which can result in gum recession.

  • Openbite

    Proper chewing is hindered by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause a number of problems including excessive wear on the posterior teeth, tongue thrust and speech impediments.   This can cause the lower front teeth to bite into the palate (roof of the mouth.)  

    Proper chewing is impacted by top teeth not overlapping over the bottom teeth.

  • Dental Midlines Not Matched

    This type of problem may be the result of a jaw asymmetry and an indicator of bite problems.  Tooth size differences as well as missing teeth can also cause midline discrepancies.

    Center of the bottom teeth do not match the top teeth.

The Solution

The goal of orthodontics is to optimize the position of teeth, jaws, joints and chewing muscles. People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment and we tailor our extensive treatment options to suit your unique situation. Braces have come a long way since the days of bulky metal "train tracks". Discreet treatment options, like Incognito™ Hidden Braces, are worth considering. In addition, traditional braces and Invisalign are always an option.

Dr. Bartlett is an excellent Orthodontist...he listened to me and he did what other Drs. wanted a lot of money to do. As a mature adult, I just wanted my teeth to look the best they could without spending my last dollar. He is very innovative, even my dentist was impressed.

Financing

We understand that cost can have a huge influence on whether or not you pursue orthodontic treatment so Dr. Bartlett is pleased to provide direct billing to your insurance company. Fees not covered by insurance plans can be paid in monthly installments.

We are always happy to discuss various options to ensure we can accommodate your needs. Get in touch today!