Orthodontic treatment corrects problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints. If left untreated, these problems can result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.

Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for treatment is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accommodating to straightening. However, orthodontics isn't just for kids. More and more adults are also using orthodontics to correct problems and to improve their smiles.

Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.

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