Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in alignment of the teeth and jaws.
An Orthodontic problem is called a malocclusion, meaning ‘bad bite’. Some of the causes of Malocclusion are crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. Most malocclusions are inherited, although some can be acquired. Acquired malocclusions can be caused by accidents, early or late loss of baby teeth, or sucking of the thumb or fingers for a prolonged period of time.
Orthodontics is beneficial to both adults and children alike. To discover more about Orthodontics, please click on the links below:
- Starting Orthodontics at the Right Age
- Orthodontics for Adults
- Orthodontics for Adolescents
- Orthodontics for Children
- Benefits Of Orthodontics
For more information on Orthodontics, please contact West Hills Family Dentistry Center today on (503) 291-0000 or click here to email us.