Orthodontics

Dentistry Optimized

Norman F. Coates, DMD

General Dentistry located in Inver Grove Heights, MN

Are you bothered by a gap in your smile or by crooked teeth? Most people aren’t fortunate with 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 Norman Coates, DMD, at Dentistry Optimized in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Make your first appointment today by calling the office 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, the Dentistry Optimized team refers 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 at Dentistry Optimized is a good option for you. Book a consultation online or by calling the office today.