Orthodontic Treatment

Classification of Teeth Overview

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Orthodontic problems require specialized care. Patients who have dental and facial irregularities should see an orthodontist. Our specific qualifications in the design, application and control of corrective appliances will bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment for optimal facial balance. Our site provides important information about our practice that will help you become familiar with orthodontics. Our office is committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. We will make every effort to ensure that your first visit with us is a comfortable and informative experience. The practice of Dr. Retoma has the specialized equipment, facility and staff to properly address today’s most demanding orthodontic needs in a warm and caring environment.  Our goal is to provide you with the highest standard of treatment and an enjoyable experience. We are happy that you are visiting our web site. Please feel free to e-mail or call us with any questions. 

When to see an orthodontist

Problems with the growing dentition and poor facial appearance have been increasingly recognized over the last years. Many parents wish to give their children the best possible start into adulthood by improving both dental function and appearance by visiting an orthodontist.

If these problems are developing, then advice should be sought as early as age 7. Older children or adults, who become aware of such problems later may seek advice at the time they are first noticed. There are so many benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatment. Enhanced dental function and dental and facial appearance imbues self confidence which makes one feel better about themselves. Children often perform better at school both academically and socially. Straight teeth are also easier to clean which leads to improved dental health. Therefore, orthodontic treatment is not just about straightening teeth, it is about helping you enjoy life!


What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.  After graduating from dental school and then completing the required two to three years of specialized education in an accredited orthodontic residency program, orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO.

  • A specialist in straightening teeth
  • Expert knowledge of new and emerging treatment technologies
  • Can choose the correct treatment from all available treatment options
  • Has specialized education beyond dental school
  • Specialist in aligning jaws

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT TIMING

Dr. Retoma provides orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents and children. We follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists by recommending that an orthodontic evaluation take place at age 7 for all children. This early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment.

Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age that provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities or severe crowding are present. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows our practice to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or obviate the need for additional dental or surgical treatment for your child.