Reasons you may need orthodontics
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A finger sucking or other oral habit
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Breathing through the mouth
- Teeth that are crowded, protruding, blocked-out or misplaced
- Shifting, protruding, retruding, or noise-making jaws
- Difficulty speaking
- Biting of the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Abnormal meeting of the teeth or absence of meeting of the teeth
- Asymmetry of the face
- Teeth grinding or clenching
Different types of orthodontic appliances are prescribed based on the patient’s needs, teeth, and age. The most common type of orthodontic appliance is braces, but there are other types such as retainers, palate expanders, and headgear. Dr. Muller can diagnose and prescribe the restorative technique that is right for your mouth and needs.
Braces are used to both straighten the teeth and correct bites that are not properly aligned. They can be used on pre-teens, teens, and adults, and they are sometimes used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances that widen the palate, jaws, or shape the teeth and jaws. Treatment time varies according to individual needs, but the average treatment time for braces is just over two years. Many dental insurance plans have orthodontic benefits that cover some of the cost of braces, and we can help you determine your eligibility.
If you think you or your child may need orthodontic treatment, the first step is to come in for an assessment and consultation. Dr. Muller will perform a detailed exam of your teeth, jaws, gums, and bone structure and review any past dental work and dental x-rays. Then he will discuss your options with you, and our staff will provide you with a cost estimate for treatment.