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Orthodontics

Alexandria Dental Clinic

Dean Anderson, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, MN

Straight teeth and a comfortable, even bite are the hallmarks of a healthy smile. At Alexandria Dental Clinic in Alexandria, Minnesota, Dean Anderson, DDS, and the team provide comprehensive orthodontic treatments. Orthodontics straighten your teeth and address jaw and bite issues. With more than 35 years of experience, the team offers a variety of orthodontic options, including Invisalign® and HealthyStart® early intervention orthodontics. Call Alexandria Dental Clinic today or book an appointment online to learn more.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of issues with teeth or jaw alignment. Not only do orthodontic treatments straighten your teeth, they also correct your bite. 

Addressing these issues as early as possible can preserve and improve your oral health. Orthodontic treatment also ensures that you can chew and speak without pain or discomfort.

What are the benefits of orthodontics?

Straight teeth and proper jaw alignment don’t just improve your appearance. Other important benefits of orthodontics include:

Improved oral health

Crooked teeth are aligned in different directions, so they’re harder to clean than straight teeth. As a result, food debris can get trapped between your teeth, leading to cavities. By straightening your teeth, orthodontics provides a smooth surface when you brush and floss.

Decreased jaw pain

Without proper jaw alignment, pressure can build up on the temporomandibular joints that connect your jaw to your skull. Over time, increased pressure and tension can cause jaw pain and clenching. Orthodontics correct your jaw alignment to improve your bite and relieve discomfort.

Minimize teeth grinding

If you grind your teeth because of a misaligned bite, orthodontics can minimize how often you grind. This protects your teeth from wear-and-tear and decreases headaches and jaw tension.

Easier chewing

When you have crooked teeth, your bite puts more force on some teeth compared with others, which can lead to pain when chewing.

Enhanced speech

Orthodontics correct gaps in teeth and underbites that can affect your ability to speak.

 

What are the issues that orthodontics treat?

Orthodontics can treat several common issues with your teeth and jaw alignment, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned bite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite

After a comprehensive assessment of your teeth and jaw, the team at Alexandria Dental Clinic can recommend the appropriate treatment to address your needs.

 

Are there different types of orthodontics?

Traditional braces are the most common type of orthodontic therapy. And we do a lot of traditional braces in combination with the newer growth-focused treatments.

At Alexandria Dental Clinic we have shifted our focus to more modern options, such as:

Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners are translucent, discreet, and removable. They’re a popular option for adults and teens. Alexandria Dental Clinic has been creating Invisalign treatment plans for 20 years.

You can take Invisalign out to brush your teeth, eat, and drink, making them a convenient option for people of all ages. Invisalign also uses an entirely digital process and can correct orthodontic issues in as little as six months.

HealthyStart System

The HealthyStart System is a braces-free orthodontic treatment that corrects sleep-disordered breathing in children. This soft, removable device guides erupting teeth into proper alignment to improve sleep quality, breathing, tongue problems, and speech issues. It also helps prevent future orthodontic problems.

Traditional braces

The team has 35 years of experience in placing traditional braces. This popular orthodontic treatment consists of brackets and wires that gradually shift your teeth into the correct position.

To learn more about the orthodontic options available at Alexandria Dental Clinic, call the office or book an appointment online today.

To learn more about the orthodontic options available at Alexandria Dental Clinic, call the office at 320-762-2122 or book an appointment online today.