Oral Surgery

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases, including bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull

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TMJ/TMD

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn

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Types of Appliances

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they’re worn as prescribed

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Common Orthodontic Issues

Most people associate orthodontics with straightening out crooked teeth, but there is actually much more to orthodontics than meets the eye! Though straight teeth are certainly a goal of many treatments we do here at Huntersville Smiles Orthodontics & Kids Dentistry, we also focus on positioning the jaw, bite patterns, and spacing of teeth

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Life With Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment

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Mouthguards

Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential when you have braces. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury

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Retainers

After months or years of treatment, you are finally left with a beautiful, straight smile to share with the world. Many people do not realize that finishing these treatments is actually not the end of their orthodontic journey. Upon completion of Invisalign or removal of braces, you will be given a retainer to wear so that your teeth stay in the desired position

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