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An orthodontist is a highly trained dental specialist, skilled in the diagnosis and correction of the misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Orthodontists may use braces, Invisalign® or a number of other techniques to help straighten a patient’s teeth.

There are a number of reasons why teeth may be out of alignment. Some children have habits that impact the normal development of the teeth. Using a bottle or pacifier for too long and finger sucking can change the shape of the jawbone as it is forming. If a child is prone to sucking the thumb or fingers while teeth are emerging, it can alter the alignment of the teeth.

Natural conditions also cause alignment issues. Premature tooth loss causes the teeth to shift out of alignment. Medical conditions such as cleft palate can also cause problems. Genetics can play a role as well. Sometimes the teeth may be too large for a small jaw. Crooked teeth and crowding may also be at play. Whatever the cause, the proper orthodontic treatment can move teeth into their optimal positions.

Invisalign for Teens

For decades, the only way to get misaligned teeth into alignment was to use metal braces. While that is still required for some orthodontic cases, less involved conditions respond well to the Invisalign system of straightening teeth. Invisalign for Teens provides your teenager a better, less restrictive way to get that perfectly straight smile.

Invisalign for teens uses clear plastic aligners that are custom made. They fit over the teeth and are worn for about 22-23 hours a day. They are removable so your child has the pleasure of enjoying the foods he or she likes without worry. There are no restrictions on what you can eat. Take the aligners out during meals and snack times and replace them when finished. Brushing and flossing is also not a problem with Invisalign for Teens.

Straight teeth can help boost self-esteem and self-confidence. They also improve oral health. Benefits of orthodontics include achieving proper jaw function, improved facial aesthetics and ease in maintaining oral hygiene.

For more information on orthodontic treatment, including scheduling a complimentary orthodontic evaluation, be sure to visit our sister practice at

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