Orthodontics Specialist

Montclair Dental Spa

Dental Spa & Anesthesiologists located in Montclair, NJ & Englewood, NJ

Are you looking for a specialist you can trust to straighten your teeth or your child’s teeth? Orthodontics is another quality service offered by the oral health experts at Montclair Dental Spa in Montclair and Englewood, New Jersey, led by Dr. Joseph Moussa. Their holistic, patient-focused approach to dentistry provides a variety of options for realigning your bite and giving you the straight, healthy smile you deserve. Schedule an appointment today with Montclair’s premier dental spa. Call the office or book your visit online.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on realigning crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Your bite is how your upper and lower teeth fit together when your mouth is closed normally. Once your Montclair orthodontist determines the cause of the misalignment, he provides treatments that straighten your teeth and bring your smile into proper alignment.

Orthodontic treatments may include one or more of the following:

  • Braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign®
  • Replacing missing teeth
  • Extracting certain teeth when your jaw is overcrowded

And braces aren’t just for kids. Children, teens, and adults can all benefit from orthodontic care.

Why should I care about crooked teeth?

It’s well-known that the cosmetic appearance of crooked teeth can lower your confidence and self-esteem. They can also make it difficult to speak clearly and interfere with your ability to chew certain foods.

A misaligned bite can also cause significant oral health issues such as:

  • Difficulty cleaning your teeth, leading to tooth decay and tooth loss
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Abnormal wear and tear on tooth enamel, which increases your risk of tooth fracture and decay

A misaligned bite also strains the muscles and ligaments of the jaw, leading to muscular pain, chronic headaches, and problems such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Is there more than one type of braces?

Today’s braces come in a wide variety of materials and types. Most are much sleeker and smaller than braces used in the past and may be fashioned from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Ceramic
  • Clear materials

Your Montclair Dental Spa specialist can identify the best braces for your smile based on the nature of your misalignment. They'll also consider lifestyle factors that may influence your choice. Adults, for instance, may prefer clear aligners like InvisalignⓇ because they’re less visible.

How does Invisalign work?

The Invisalign system uses a series of clear alignment trays that fit over your teeth and reposition your bite over several months. Using precision 3-D scanning, your orthodontist maps out a treatment plan and creates templates that customize each set of trays. This means the aligners fit comfortably in your mouth during the straightening process. The aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, but are otherwise designed to be worn day and night.

For more information about straightening your smile and realigning your bite, schedule a visit today at Montclair Dental Spa. Call the office or book your appointment online.

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