What Is Orthodontics?
Teeth-alignment problems are not only a cosmetic concern — they can also lead to oral- and whole health-related issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, difficulty chewing, and chronic headaches. At Prestige Family Dentistry, Aloha dentist Dr. Melika Kashkouli detects potential alignment issues as early as possible in order to best protect your overall health and quality of life, then identifies the best orthodontic solution to treat it.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that corrects a vast array of dental conditions such as crowding, protruding/poorly spaced teeth, overbites, underbites, and other misalignments. Like an orthodontist, Dr. Melika Kashkouli has extensive experience realigning crooked, overlapping, and gapped teeth using orthodontics, and she can prevent potentially serious problems from occurring. This allows the patient to receive convenient treatment from their dentist and potentially avoid the inconvenience of having to be referred to an orthodontist.
The term “orthodontics” most likely evokes images of silver and gray wired braces attached to a teenager’s teeth, along with an endless number of trips to the orthodontist. But modern-day orthodontics allow us to provide some teeth-straightening orthodontic treatments — most of which are clear or nearly invisible — along with routine, restorative, and cosmetic care. Our orthodontic treatments include:
- Invisalign®: A series of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth over the course of 12 months (This is not always the case-sometimes less time, sometimes more dependent on the patient 6-36 months)