Orthodontics

Teeth do not actually sit embedded in the bone surrounding them. Small connective fibers attach to the teeth and the bone and allow the teeth to sit suspended in the surrounding bone, giving teeth resiliency. By putting slight, constant pressure on a tooth, the connective fibers are stretched or shortened. This stimulates specialized cells to break down/build new bone, which allows the root of a tooth to be moved through the bone. Orthodontics is the practice of dentistry dealing with the physics needed to move teeth.

Traditionally, Orthodontics has been accomplished by bonding metal brackets onto the front of a tooth, attaching a wire that is bent to an optimal arch onto the bracket, and letting the memory of the wire lightly pull, push, or rotate the teeth to this optimal arch. Dr. Pleasant, while not an Orthodontic Specialist, has received additional training in Orthodontics, and has been practicing Orthodontics for 39 years. He is well versed in the variety of orthodontic appliances that can be used to correct a number of orthodontic conditions.

In 2000, an alternative method of Orthodontic treatment called Invisalign became available. Invisalign utilizes clear, removable, custom plastic trays that incrementally move the teeth into a more ideal position. Both of our doctors are accredited Invisalign providers and have many patients with successfully completed treatment. Orthodontic treatment has obvious aesthetic benefit, but also for the functional benefit of allowing the individual to clean their teeth easier, which reduces caries and periodontal problems. Call us today to set up an appointment for an Orthodontic assessment, and let us help you improve your smile and oral health!

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