What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of Dentistry concerned with the study, monitoring and treatment of problems with the growth and position of the jaws and teeth.  If your teeth don’t line up or fit together properly, you have a bad bite (malocclusion).

Having a bad bite affects more than just appearance and may make it harder to keep your teeth and gums clean leading to more tooth decay and gum disease.  It may also lead to unusual tooth wear, may affect speech and chewing, as well as being a factor in severe jaw joint problems.  Orthodontic treatment produces not only a more pleasing appearance but also a healthier mouth and a higher probability of your teeth lasting a lifetime.

An orthodontist is the dental specialist trained to monitor and treat these bad bites.  The orthodontist is a dentist that has had an extra three years of full-time training to be able to register as a Specialist.  A registered orthodontist is not permitted to practice general dentistry.