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Orthodontics & Braces

Yes, Dr. Cook provides orthodontics for both children and adults. Dr. Cook offers both the traditonal "wire and bracket" braces and the nearly invisable Invisalign. Dr. Cook can take care of all of your dental needs!

Orthodontic treatment not only helps you obtain beautiful straight teeth but can correct many problems that can cause future dental ailments. These problems include crowding and malocclusion.

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Malocclusion is the dental term for teeth that do not fit together properly. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects malocclusion. The size of teeth and how they fit into a persons jaw are inherited traits. Some people are lucky and have naturally straight teeth. Others are not so fortunate. Habits such as thumb sucking can put pressure on the teeth and cause malocclusion. Missing teeth can cause a bad bite to develop, the teeth around the space may shift and this will throw off the entire bite.

There are many types of malocclusion. The upper jaw may be too far out. The lower jaw may be too far out. Both jaws may protrude. Crowding may be a problem. There may be too much space between the teeth. Teeth may be in a cross bite. A malocclusion that isInvisalignnot corrected may adversely affect a persons profile and appearance. Malocclusion may also contribute to tooth decay, bone destruction, loss of teeth; jaw joint problems causing headaches, difficulty opening and closing, clicking and popping, and sore and painful jaw muscles.

Correcting your bite through orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health. An added bonus is a boost in your self confidence and a terrific looking smile.

Teeth can be straightened at any age. In fact the timing of orthodontic treatment is appropriate for patients who still have some baby teeth as well as those who have all of their permanent teeth. Dr. Cook will recommend the appropriate timing of treatment and give you options on your specific needs.

Phase I treatment (interceptive) may begin as early as 6 to 8 years of age. At this age your child usually has 12 of their permanent teeth present. These treatments helps correct harmful jaw discrepancies and makes dental adjustments that are best taken care of while the patient's jaw is growing. The treatment usually lasts for 12-18 months. Some reasons for interceptive treatment may be "buck teeth", persistent thumb sucking habit, deficient jaw growth, early loss of baby teeth and maligned anterior teeth. It is important to remember that Phase I treatment usually does not eliminate the need for later treatment (phase 2) of the permanent teeth.

Dr. Cook recommends children have an orthodontic screening at around 7 years of age. Chances are your child will not need interceptive orthodontic treatment.

Call us to schedule a complementary consultation to see if you or your child can benefit by orthodontics.