Orthodontics involves the progressive straightening and aligning of teeth to an esthetically pleasing and biologically stable position in the dental arches. Teeth movement is accomplished with specially designed brackets which bond to the teeth and various wires that fit into the brackets. In complex cases additional fixed or removable appliances are sometimes used. Once proper alignment of the teeth is achieved the brackets and wires are removed and retainers are placed to hold the teeth in the desired position.
Dr. Goris believes that the best time to begin orthodontics in children is before their adolescent growth spurt, usually 9-11 years of age. Starting orthodontics at this time allows Dr. Goris not only to create proper spaces for the erupting teeth but also provides the opportunity to guide the growth and development of the upper and lower jaws. This results is a full smile, as well as, a desirable lip, chin,and facial profile. Also, early treatment orthodontics can eliminate the need for extraction of permanent teeth.
Normal orthodontic treatment time is between 2-3 years depending on the severity of the malocclusion and the compliance of the patient.
Dr. Goris is an active member in the International Association for Orthodontics (IAO) and is a participating member in the Institute for Growth and Development in Pediatric Dentistry in Boston, MA. He has over 20 years experience in orthodontics.