Your mouth is a complex system that relies on the correct position of your teeth, jaws, and all components of the dentofacial complex to work comfortably and efficiently. A poorly aligned smile not only looks unattractive, it can also affect all manner of oral function. While the history of orthodontic treatment is long one, today’s options in care are more comfortable and non-intrusive than ever before. At the office of Kevin L. Carlton, DDS, MS, PA, our skilled specialist provides expert orthodontic care, offering the latest in treatments and patient education to create the healthiest, most attractive smile for each of our patients.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child first visit the orthodontist at seven years of age. With an assessment at this time of development, our orthodontist can monitor or address any emerging bite issues to help ensure optimal jaw growth.
One common misconception that still lingers is that braces are just for children. If you’re an adult with concerns about your smile, it’s not too late to correct it. As long as the gums and teeth are healthy, you can reap the abundant benefits of orthodontic care. For many adults, clear aligners are an excellent option for smile alignment. They work by gradually moving teeth into position and are completely removable — allowing patients to eat any foods rather than having more limited choices at mealtime due to braces.
It is important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces or removable appliances throughout your entire treatment and we will guide you every step of the way. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear and maintain your appliance as prescribed by your orthodontist. The better you adhere to proper care, the better the results will be.
As a skilled specialist, an orthodontist undergoes several years of advanced training beyond dental school to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of facial growth and development as well as an understanding of the principles and methods of tooth movement.
An orthodontist can provide guidance and care on a number of concerns, including:
- The best time to begin treatment in a growing child
- How to control harmful oral habits
- The correction of severe dental crowding or spacing
- The alignment of impacted canines
- How to treat significant jaw growth disparities and craniofacial anomalies
- Dealing with the complexities of aligning an adult smile
Achieving healthy, attractive, and stable outcomes of care
As providers of expert, reliable care, we use the most comprehensive selection of orthodontic appliances and advanced systems of care. We also believe that a healthy and attractive treatment outcome depends upon establishing a successful partnership in care. From the initial consultation to carefully outlining every step in treatment and explaining how to take of orthodontic appliances, we’re attentive to every patient need and concern. And, even after treatment is completed and the braces are removed, our office makes sure you have the tools and information to maintain your newly aligned smile.