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Orthodontic Treatment

Metairie Office
5036 Yale Street
Suite 301
Metairie, LA 70006 
Phone (504)-456-7874



Covington Office
61 Park Place Drive
Suite B
Covington, LA 70433 
Phone (985)-867-3636

Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics is a specialty area of dentistry that is officially known as Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The purpose of orthodontics is to treat malocclusion through braces, corrective procedures and other "appliances" to straighten teeth and correct jaw alignment. Orthodontists are medical specialists who have at least 2 years of extra training after dental school and specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They are skilled in using any combination of extraction, braces (fixed appliances), or removable appliances to move the teeth and reshape the jaw.

Orthodontic treatment can correct a poor bite (malocclusion) by removing teeth (extraction) or by using devices (appliances), braces or surgery to move teeth. Correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more important, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. That's because crooked and crowded teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with the jaws.

In today's orthodontic treatment, there are various options to fit one's age and lifestyle. While early orthodontic treatment can correct problems from the start and guide proper tooth formation, adults can still benefit from orthodontic treatment.

 
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