Smiles Dental is pleased to announce that we now offer orthodontic treatment in our Longview, WA office.*
Orthodontics focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic; beautiful smiles, improved dental health, and an enhanced quality of life for patients of ALL ages.
Smiles Dental offers orthodontic treatment to patients of ALL ages: children, adolescents, and adults. We provide a complimentary comprehensive examination to all patients who are interested in orthodontic treatment.
A Great Smile for Health
An attractive smile contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and a positive self-image.
Orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, and improve a person’s general attitude toward life.
But beyond the cosmetic advantages of straight teeth, there are important medical benefits as well:
- Straight teeth help us bite, chew and speak effectively.
- Straight teeth are less prone to decay, gum disease and injury.
- Upper teeth that protrude are more likely to be broken in an accident.
- Properly aligned teeth and jaws help prevent health problems such as Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD).
So, orthodontic treatment can mean more than just a great smile. And that’s something you can smile about!
Professional, Friendly Orthodontic Care
At Smiles Dental, you’ll be taken care of by a friendly, professional orthodontic team that is dedicated to answering your questions and making sure you feel comfortable during each appointment. Our comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan is tailored to meet your individual needs and desired results.
Our doctors follow the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontics, which recommends an orthodontic screening for children 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.
Orthodontic Treatment and Options
Most people think of braces when they hear the word orthodontist. But Orthodontists actually deal with a wide range of issues such as tooth grinding, speech difficulties, thumb sucking, bite problems, early or late loss of baby teeth, misalignment and much more.
Problems can emerge throughout the lifespan and understanding when and how to correct problems is part of an orthodontist’s professional expertise.
Certain orthodontic procedures are more effective in younger people before the face and jaw have completed formation. But many orthodontic procedures can occur at any age.
Older adults who may not have had access to orthodontic treatment earlier in life still have time to enjoy the benefits of treatment once they learn their options and the positive effects that procedures can bring.
Metal Braces – Metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatment option, and are generally efficient and cost effective.
Clear Aligners – Clear aligners are also available. In some cases they can be somewhat less effective, and the actual treatment time may be longer.
Retainers – Straightened teeth can become crooked again, so upon completion of orthodontic treatment we use retainers to hold the teeth in alignment while the bone and gums remodel and adapt to the new position of the teeth.
If you’ve been living with a less-than-perfect smile or have children with emerging concerns, please give us a call for a consultation. We will be happy to provide you with a full range of options, recommended timelines for treatment, and cost estimates.
* Orthodontic treatment is currently available in our Longview, WA office only.