Orthodontics is a dental specialty focusing on correcting facial and dental irregularities, including the alignment of the teeth and bad bites, or malocclusions. An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed three years of additional study to gain experience and training in this specialized field. This additional study includes training in general orthodontics as well as dentofacial orthopedics, oral biology and biomechanics.

Orthodontists are experts in correcting misalignments of the teeth and jaws. As there are many problems associated with this misalignment, such as speech defects, difficulty chewing and difficulty maintaining good oral hygiene, this makes evaluation by an orthodontist crucial for your oral health. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists® (AAO) recommends that children have an initial orthodontic screening by age 7 to ensure that irregularities in the teeth and jaws are not beginning to form. This screening can determine if orthodontic treatment is needed, and if so, when it should begin.

Orthodontic care is not only for children. Many adults also seek orthodontic treatment, and approximately 25% of all current orthodontic patients are adults. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you should be able to receive an orthodontic treatment without complications.

Orthodontic treatment can help resolve a wide range of issues, including:

  • Malocclusions, such as underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites
  • Overcrowding of the teeth
  • Aesthetic issues, such as the position of the jaw, lips and teeth when the whole face is negatively impacted by their positions

The most common orthodontic treatment is braces, as nearly everyone considering orthodontics is a candidate for this type of treatment. Braces may be made of metal, ceramics or other materials. Clear plastic aligners may also be used for individuals who would like a more discreet treatment. Other oral appliances, such as headgear and facemasks, may also be used during treatment, and retainers are provided following treatment to help keep the teeth in their proper positions.

To learn more about orthodontics in New York City, New York, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jaklin Morovati, our experienced periodontist, call us today at 212-297-2567.