Why see an orthodontist?
Successful orthodontia creates attractive, friendly, and healthy smiles. The procedures used will result in better jaw/tooth alignment, leaving teeth less prone to decay, gum disease, and injury. Early treatment can help prevent more severe and costly problems in the future, as untreated orthodontic problems can become worse with age. Additionally, misaligned teeth or an incorrect bite can cause other issues, including sleep apnea, snoring, speech impediments, and problems chewing and eating.
What is an orthodontist?
Orthodontists are licensed dentists who have advanced training in proper teeth alignment. WVU Dental Care offers two treatment clinics, WVU dental faculty and WVU graduate dentists. Our graduate dentists, who have completed four years of dental school and are currently in a two- or three-year advanced orthodontic training program, provide treatment under the care of our experienced, board-certified orthodontic faculty.
When should I see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist for an evaluation by age 7. By that time, they have a mix of primary and permanent teeth, and our specialists can tell if there will be a problem with emerging teeth early on. Early diagnosis and treatment can guide the growth of the jaws, produce a better facial appearance, and minimize the need for more complex treatment in the future. Adults can also get excellent orthodontic results. Many devices, such as braces, are less noticeable due to recent advances in orthodontic technology.
Our clinic offers the most advanced orthodontic procedures, including:
- Clear braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating bracket systems
- Invisible retainers
- Designer retainers
- Orthopedic appliances
- TMJ treatment
- Orthognathic surgery
- 3D Imaging