What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch within the field of Dentistry that specializes in treating problems related to misaligned teeth and jaw and improper bites, known as malocclusions. This often includes correcting bite, and aligning both teeth and jaw through the use of braces and other corrective appliances.


Can my Dentist put on braces?

Although Dentists do work with teeth, they do not usually have as much training as an orthodontist. While they may be able to handle minor teeth adjustments, most cases are better handled by someone who has been specifically trained in aligning teeth and correcting problems and is licensed as an orthodontist.

What kind of training do Orthodontists receive?

After completing training to be a dentist, an Orthodontist will receive an additional two years of training focusing specifically on orthodontics.

What causes improper bite and misaligned teeth?

Most problems from improper bite are due to genetics. Genetic problems often include too little or too much space between teeth, overcrowding of teeth due to a small mouth. Accidents or trauma can also cause dental problems that require treatment from an Orthodontist. Even sucking your thumb or a pacifier can have a negative effect on your teeth and bite.

Why is Orthodontic treatment important?

Not only do straight teeth look attractive, they also improve your overall dental health. Misaligned teeth are more difficult to clean and can result in tooth decay and improper wear and tear on your teeth. This can cause problems down the road making it harder to chew food. Proper care now can be less expensive and less painful than future problems when you are older.

Who invented Orthodontics?

There are two different men who are generally credited as being the fathers of orthodontics. Both men were dentists who published papers about orthodontics around 1880. The first's name was W. Kingsley wrote a paper called "Treatise on Oral Deformities". The second man was J. N. Farrar who wrote two volumes entitled "A Treatise on the Irregularities of the Teeth and Their Corrections". Both of these men influenced dentistry and helped create orthodontics as we know it today.