Teeth that are aligned and spaced properly are easier to keep healthy and clean. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with perfectly aligned teeth and an ideal bite. Orthodontist Dr. Kenneth Webb helps children and adults make improvements to their smiles.
Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating malocclusion, jaw growth discrepancies, and teeth that are out of alignment. Orthodontists are dentists who completed two to three years of education after graduating from dental school. During that time, they received hands-on clinical experience in treating all types of smile and bite problems.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. At this age, children have a combination of baby and adult teeth, and the bite is established. Typically, no treatment is recommended at this age. Instead, we will periodically monitor your child’s teeth and jaw growth as additional adult teeth erupt to determine whether treatment would be beneficial later.
Orthodontic treatment in our office is convenient for you and your family because all of your child’s dental records are at a single location. You also can schedule dental and orthodontic checkups together.
In cases where an early evaluation reveals growth discrepancies that are best addressed at a young age, Dr. Webb will recommend interceptive treatment.
Early treatment often makes it possible for your child to avoid more extensive or invasive treatment later in childhood, such as having adult teeth extracted or undergoing orthognathic (jaw) surgery.
Orthodontic treatment makes it possible for people of all ages to improve their smiles. It is common for parents to bring their kids here for treatment, and then ask about treatment for themselves once they see the great results achieved in their children.
We offer treatment options that are less noticeable than metal braces, such as clear and ceramic brackets, and Invisalign®, which features aligners that are nearly undetectable when worn.