Everyone wants a beautiful smile – and everyone should have a healthy one. The orthodontist’s goal is to achieve both for the patient.

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion,” which means “bad bite.” The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.

Many advances in the treatment of malocclusions have revolutionized the practice of orthodontics – from new diagnostic tools that help to determine the underlying cause of the problem or predict the outcome of various therapies to novel and improved techniques and appliances to move teeth to their proper place – allow dentists to improve your smile better that ever before.

Ask your Michigan Dental Association dentist about what orthodontics can do for you at your next appointment. And keep in mind that orthodontics can create beautiful smiles at any age.