What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics corrects the poor alignment of teeth that results in esthetic or functional concerns. Depending on the severity of the problem, the orthodontic correction can be simple or complex, taking from months to years of care. Orthodontic care includes the attachment of braces to your teeth but in certain instances can be done with aligners for at-home use.

Orthodontic treatment can:

  • Address social discrimination and psychosocial problems based on the appearance of your teeth and face.
  • Improve oral function, such as muscle pain, jaw joint dysfunction, and the ability to bite through the lettuce in a sandwich.
  • Reduce the risk of injury and disease, for example, by reducing the protrusion of upper incisors to decrease trauma when appropriate or by addressing deep overbites where lower incisors contact the soft tissue roof of the mouth, causing tissue damage and potentially resulting in the loss of the upper incisors.


What are the symptoms or indications?

  • You do not feel that all of your teeth touch each other when you bite.
  • You have discomfort in your jaw or jaw joint when you eat or speak.
  • You would like to improve the appearance of your teeth and/or your lower face.


Where can I learn more?

For additional information, please visit the following website:

Orthodontics Bracket System

Contact Us

If you think you may need orthodontic care, please schedule an appointment for a free screening exam at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine at (303) 724-6900.

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