Welcome to Our Office

Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry that involves straightening teeth and altering bone growth for proper jaw alignment. It is called orthodontics or “dentofacial orthopedics”. Dr. Miller is a licensed orthodontic specialist, or a dental specialist who has spent two additional years in an advanced, intensive educational program, in order to be certified in the science of facial growth and tooth movement. Teeth and sometimes faces are permanently changed and improved by orthodontic treatment: therefore, it is very important that the treatment be done properly the first time. Dr. Miller uses the most advanced techniques available today, and because of his extensive training and knowledge, he can select the most cost-effective methods and materials for correcting individual problems.

Your initial visit will give you the opportunity to meet the doctor and our knowledgeable team who will answer any questions you may have regarding orthodontic care. In addition to a thorough clinical examination, we will talk about whether or not this is the best time to begin treatment, or if further growth and development are needed. We’ll also be happy to review the financial aspect of your care. Although fees will vary based on individual cases, we offer a variety of affordable payment options, including the coordination of insurance. If braces are needed, as a courtesy to you, we’d be happy to schedule diagnostic records on the same day as your initial examination.

Because each orthodontic problem determines its own best starting time, children should be checked by an orthodontist at the time that permanent teeth begin to erupt. At this time Dr. Miller will be able to

 

detect any deficiencies in your child’s teeth formation and abnormalities in dentofacial growth patterns. This will allow him to predict the need and timing for treatment. Some orthodontic problems may be very difficult to correct if the face and jaws have finished growing, since treatment may include influencing the growth of jaws and muscles. Early detection can significantly reduce the need for removal of permanent teeth. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 – or earlier if an orthodontic or orthopedic problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician.

 

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American Association of Orthodontists.

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