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An orthodontist is a dental specialist that undergoes an intensive residency program where they learn the techniques of proper, safe tooth movement as well as guided dental, jaw and facial development. Through formal and hands-on training, orthodontists are equipped to diagnose, prevent, correct and treat dental and facial irregularities in patients of all ages. Dr. Bates received his training at the prestigious and well-respected orthodontic residency program at the University of Michigan!
The goal of orthodontic treatment is to properly align the teeth and jaws into a healthy and stable relationship. Healthy relationships of the jaws and teeth will lead to a lifetime of better overall oral health and overall function when it comes to things like biting, chewing, or even speaking.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child first see an orthodontist around age 7. At this time, the orthodontist’s job is to monitor and ensure that your child is growing and developing normally. Children grow at different rates than their friends and classmates. Therefore, this allows the orthodontist to estimate when your child will be ready for treatment in the near future to achieve the best results. Orthodontic treatment is most effective in a growing, adolescent patient, usually between the ages of 9-14, to help guide the growth and development of the face, teeth, and jaws.
Your first visit will last approximately 1 hour. Learn more about your first visit by clicking Here (Link to First Visit page)
In most cases, a lot of orthodontic issues can be resolved at home or can wait until the next scheduled appointment. If you break a bracket or have something bothering you, call our office for assistance.
If you are experiencing an issue with an aligner, please call our office for assistance.
We accept all insurance policies that include orthodontic coverage. Our office will take care of all the necessary actions needed so that you may utilize your insurance to it’s full benefit.