Orthodontics is the study and treatment of dental displacement and malocclusions. In other words — crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. As an expert in both of these issues, Dr. Hines provides orthodontics services for both children and adults who want to straighten their teeth, align their jaw, or both.
Orthodontia is a complex field, with specialties that focus on treating either children or adults, or dentofacial orthopedics — an area of orthodontic care that involves using surgical elements to correct issues with the jaw or face. At the end of the day, however, all orthodontics is about treating the position of teeth and the jaw and even changing the overall shape and appearance of a patient’s face. At Premier Dental Care, we find that many of our patients are pleasantly surprised by how dramatically different they look once their orthodontic treatment is complete.
In order to become an orthodontist, Dr. Hines completed additional schooling beyond dental school. Much like the way a surgeon furthers their education in order to become a specialist, an orthodontist continues to train until they become a true expert at straightening teeth and aligning the jaw. This ensures dependable and reliable results for patients seeking orthodontic care. If you live in the Washington area and are considering straightening your teeth, we invite you to call (202) 723-2400 and schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Hines and discuss your goals along with the treatment options that are available to you.
Why Orthodontics is Necessary
One of the most common reasons children may need orthodontics is overcrowding. It often happens as a result of losing baby teeth before they’re ready to come out, whether due to an accident or a lack of oral hygiene. When a baby tooth falls out prematurely, the teeth around it can move into the open space and cause the shape of the palate to change. When the adult tooth is ready to come in, there is no room for it. In the past, many people had their teeth pulled in order to make space for all of their teeth where now, we can create a space using a variety of treatment methods.
At Premier Dental Care, we also treat patients who also need orthodontics due to their jaw being out of place. When the bite is off, many people find simple daily activities like speaking, chewing, and even opening their mouth, uncomfortable and seek treatment.
In still other cases, we provide solutions for teeth that have grown in crookedly — even if there was enough space for them. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can resolve all of these issues.