At Sapphire Dentistry, our Principal dentist Dr. Paul Hwin has undergone extensive further training in Orthodontics to be able to better serve his patients. Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that deals with misaligned teeth and jaws. The role of the orthodontist is to correct problems with misaligned teeth that would otherwise cause difficulties with chewing, maintaining adequate oral hygiene and speech defects. The added benefits of orthodontics are in the alignment of the teeth which is aesthetically pleasing, however, in general, this type of dentistry is more involved than more simple cosmetic procedures such as Teeth whitening.
The process for determining if you need orthodontic treatment begins with your dental history, a dental exam, a plaster model of your teeth, and x-rays and/or photographs of your teeth. All this information provides the orthodontist with information for determining if you have a condition that requires orthodontic treatment.
Conditions of malocclusion or incorrect alignment of your teeth, arches, and/or the jaws such as an overbite, underbite, cross bite, open bite, misplaced midline, the spacing between the teeth, or overcrowding are good candidates for orthodontic treatment.