Orthodontists treat the growth and development and alignment of teeth and jaws in children and adults. Most common orthodontic services include early interceptive treatment, comprehensive treatment, conventional braces, as well as retainers and Invisalign clear braces and range from rapid palate expander (RPE) to dental braces and retainers.
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.
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.
WVU orthodontic clinic services
We guarantee you will receive the highest quality dental care available.
We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to our treatments and work closely with other dental and medical specialties, including prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery. We are also part of the WVU cleft palate team, which diagnoses and treats patients with cleft palate syndrome and other facial malformations.
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