Orthodontics is a dental specialty that involves correcting teeth that are improperly positioned. Here at the practice of Paul S. Murphy DDS, MSD, Inc., we are proud to offer our patients the best and most up-to-date orthodontic services.
Dr. Murphy treats malocclusions, which are often called bad bites. This is when you bite down and your teeth do not line up correctly. We also treat crooked or misaligned teeth. We also focus on the growth and development of the facial bones and jaw.
While orthodontics can be considered mostly cosmetic, it is important to fix these problems for a healthy mouth. Teeth that are crooked or do not line up are the perfect place for food and bacteria to accumulate. They can also be hard to clean, leading to cavities and other problems in the future.
The goal in treating problem teeth is to ensure a healthy mouth in the future. It is important to close any gaps between teeth and to make sure the teeth all line up correctly. Orthodontic treatment can also improve eating ability and even a patient’s speech in some cases.
How can these problems be fixed? Braces are the most common treatment method, although we also treat our patients with removable appliances and aligners.