Orthodontics Specialist

Healthy Smiles Dental Care

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chelsea, MI, Flint, MI, Lansing, MI, Barton City, MI, & Muskegon, MI

Misaligned or crooked teeth can impact your self-esteem and deter you from showing off your smile. The team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care offers orthodontic care designed to straighten your teeth and, in turn, restore your confidence in your smile. For a straighter smile, book an appointment online or over the phone at one of their locations in Chelsea, Flint, Lansing, Barton City (Jewell Lake Dental), and Muskegon, Michigan.

Orthodontics Q & A

What are orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the straightening of a misaligned jaw or crooked teeth. While many patients seek orthodontic treatment for aesthetic purposes, it can benefit your oral health, too. A correctly aligned jaw can increase your comfort and reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.The field of orthodontics is broad and goes beyond braces. If you or your dentist has concerns about the alignment of your teeth or jaw, your dentist will help you to explore your orthodontic options.

What can orthodontic treatments fix?

Orthodontic treatments can fix a variety of abnormalities, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • A misaligned jaw
  • Uncomfortable chewing or bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Large gaps between teeth
  • Abnormal speech patterns due to tooth or jaw placement
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

No matter what you’re trying to target, the team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care can help you decide on orthodontic treatment.

Which treatments are offered?

The team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care is trained in multiple cutting-edge orthodontic treatments. Those that are available today are much more comfortable and convenient than the painful and grueling treatments from years ago. Healthy Smiles Dental Care offers:

  • Braces
  • Retainers
  • Invisalign®

Your dentist will assess your dental history, needs, and budget in order to select the best treatment for your case.

How do orthodontic appliances work?

Orthodontic appliances, such as braces and retainers, work by applying gentle pressure to your teeth to push them into place over time. If your teeth are severely misaligned, you’ll need to keep your appliance for a longer time than if you’re only fixing a small imperfection. Some appliances are removable, like Invisalign, while others stay in your mouth, like braces.

During your treatment, you’ll need to come back for regular adjustments in order to keep the movement of your teeth constant and consistent. You’ll also need to follow your provider’s instructions carefully to achieve the best results.

If you’re interested in achieving a straighter smile or a perfectly aligned jaw, book an appointment online or over the phone with Healthy Smiles Dental Care today.