Are you bothered by a gap in your smile or by crooked teeth? Most people aren’t fortunate enough to have perfectly straight teeth and many opt for orthodontic treatment to give them picture-perfect smiles. Orthodontics can improve gapped, crooked and irregular teeth, boosting your confidence in your smile. For an expert opinion on how orthodontics could benefit you, visit Dr. Norman Coates at Dentistry Optimized. Make your first appointment today by calling the office at 651-698-5543 or booking online.

Orthodontics Q&A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that focuses on properly aligning teeth. There are a variety of benefits to having straight teeth that go beyond just a pretty smile. Straight teeth make oral hygiene easier and promote a normal bite for natural chewing and speaking ability.

The goal of orthodontic care is to align your teeth, jaw and lips. Orthodontics can improve facial balance and give you a smile you’re proud to show off.

Metal braces are a popular type of orthodontic treatment utilizing brackets and wires to move teeth into position. Many people get braces when they’re adolescents or teens, but having traditional braces isn’t the only way to correct your smile.

These days, clear aligners, retainers and other devices can move your teeth into place. More adults are considering orthodontic treatment to fix smaller smile flaws like gapped front teeth or a few crooked teeth.

What tooth issues can orthodontics fix?

Orthodontics primarily addresses crooked or misaligned teeth. Dr. Coates might recommend orthodontic treatment for you if you have:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Twisted or rotated teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Orthodontic treatment works by putting continuous pressure on specific teeth, adjusting their placement in your jawbone. For complex orthodontic care and bite corrections, our dentist and team refer patients to a local orthodontic specialist for advanced care.

More advanced issues that orthodontic treatment can improve include:

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Significant misalignments
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

What types of orthodontic treatment are available?

Many people have something they’d like to change about the look of their smile but don’t want to go through the hassle of complicated and painful orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces.

Dr. Coates offers a variety of orthodontic solutions to patients. For minor issues like a crooked tooth or a gap between two front teeth, he often recommends treatment with clear aligners or removable appliances.

Removable appliances and aligners are custom developed to fix your misalignment by applying specific pressure to the treated tooth or teeth. These appliances can help you achieve a more perfect smile, plus they’re more convenient than traditional braces.

If minor orthodontic imperfections like a gap or a twisted tooth bother you, talk to Dr. Coates to see if orthodontic care in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, is a good option for you. Book a consultation online or by calling the office today.