Orthodontic exams and treatments can benefit a patient’s long-term health throughout life. As a mother herself, Dr. Baker is devoted to your child’s care and excited to be a part of their orthodontic journey. Early screening in young children can prevent problems becoming more serious. Adolescents can leverage their growing years to easily align their bite and adults will greatly benefit from preventing tooth loss, decay, and pain. Regardless of your age, we are ready to assist you.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation by age 7, when partial braces and interceptive appliances may reduce trauma and modify growth.
Timely Adolescent Treatment
By adolescence, most, if not all, permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, which is when crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected and treated. Invisalign Teen, traditional metal or clear braces give your child options in perfecting their smile.
Common Adult Treatments
Dr. Baker offers a range of treatments specifically designed for adults and their lifestyle. With Invisalign and clear braces, improving your smile has never been easier. Orthodontic treatment may prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bone loss. For our adult patients suffering from jaw pain, customized splint therapy may relieve headaches, facial pain, jaw 'clicking' and other TMJ symptoms.
When a person's teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary. Left untreated, these problems can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury.
An underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending too far out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.
Occurs when the upper front teeth extend too far over the lower front teeth, and may cause the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
This occurs when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt and it is the most common reason for treatment with braces.
Openbite occurs when the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. It impacts chewing and can cause a number of unwanted habits.
The opposite of crowding, spacing is most commonly caused by a large jaw relative to the size of the erupting teeth or an over-active tongue.
This type of bite occurs when the upper teeth extend too far forward or the lower teeth don’t extend far enough forward.
Dental midlines may not match when the back bite does not appropriately fit or their is an imbalance of tooth size.