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Orthodontics

This should give you an overview of the art and science of perfecting smiles with orthodontics. However, if you still have any unanswered questions, please feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to help!

Q: Why should I visit an orthodontist?

A: A certified specialist in orthodontics has undergone the extra training necessary to prevent, diagnose and treat irregularities in the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists are experienced in using braces, Invisalign and other appliances to straighten the teeth and give you a healthy, stable bite. Great orthodontic treatment sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health and relying on a specialist will help you achieve stunning, lasting results.

Q: Why should I have my teeth straightened?

A: A beautiful smile will give you a major boost in confidence. However, the benefits go beyond your appearance and self-esteem.

  • Straightening your teeth is important for:
  • Creating easier access to brush and floss for improved oral hygiene
  • Eliminating uneven wear and erosion of the enamel
  • Stopping the grinding of teeth
  • Improving the function and health of the teeth for better chewing and speaking
  • Reducing the breakdown of the jaw bones to prevent tooth loss and pain
  • Distributing the bite forces evenly to reduce TMJ pain, headaches and migraines
  • Improving breathing and minimizing sleep apnea when combined with a surgical plan
  • Creating symmetry in the facial structure
  • Making room for implants in cases of missing teeth

Q: When should my child first visit an orthodontist?

A: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit an orthodontist at the age of seven. This allows Dr. Hawley to monitor the development of their teeth and jaws and tell you when it’s time to start treatment. If he notices any red flags, early intervention can make treatment much simpler and easier down the road and prevent the need for surgery or extractions.

Q: Do I need a referral to see Dr. Hawley?

A: No. While we always accept and appreciate referrals, you don’t need one to see us. Simply book your free consultation online or by giving us a call.

Q: What is malocclusion?

A: Malocclusion is the fancy term for an improper bite due to dental or skeletal issues. Crossbites, overbites, underbites, crowding and spacing are all types of malocclusion. Dr. Hawley is an expert at diagnosing your condition and devising the best treatment plan for your needs.

Q: What kind of training does Dr. Hawley have?

A: Dr. Hawley is a certified specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He got his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University before attending dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He underwent his specialty training at the University of Kentucky where he completed a fellowship in craniofacial biology, a master’s degree in dentistry and three years in a residency program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Q: What happens if I put off treatment?

A: While you’re never too old to perfect your smile, undergoing orthodontic treatment as a child or teen will help you achieve more dramatic results in less time. In some cases, putting off treatment could lead to the need for surgery or extractions.

Q: What happens at my first visit?

A: You’ll meet with Dr. Hawley and his all-star team. Dr. Hawley will examine your teeth, jaws and facial structure. Then, a team member will take digital pictures and x-rays. Dr. Hawley will use this information to come up with a diagnosis. We’ll chat with you about your treatment options, the cost and your goals, as well as answer any questions you have.

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