Orthodontist in Erie PA

Live in Erie, PA? Need an orthodontist?

Whether your child needs braces, or maybe you need your own teeth corrected, there are plenty of choices if you're looking for an orthodontist in Erie PA.

But let's take a step back and explain what orthodontics even is.

What is an orthodontist?

The word orthodontist finds its origins in the Greek words orthos (which means "correct" or "straight") and dontia (which means "teeth"). Put it together and you'll get a rough idea of what an orthodontist does.

An orthodontist is someone who has graduated in dentistry and decided to specialize in dealing with crooked teeth and jaws. Orthodontists can help people prevent getting crooked teeth, as well as performing oral surgery techniques to fix the messed up teeth. But of course, the oral surgery is usually only used in extreme cases. In most cases (with most younger patients) orthodontists will fit braces on your teeth to straighten them out and correct the problem.

Treatment Methods

As stated above, orthodontists typically will give you (or your child) braces to correct your crooked teeth. Braces need to be fitted perfectly in order for them to have effect and not cause even more discomfort in your mouth. Also consider that braces are very expensive and may or may not be covered by your insurance company, so plan accordingly. That said, it is really worth your while to get braces. Because crooked teeth can lead to a multitude of issues later in life, including gum disease and tooth decay. Not to mention, who wouldn't want a nice beautiful smile?

On top of braces, your orthodontist can give you other hardware such as headgear and plates. There are also alternatives to braces called clear aligners, that work to a similar effect and are more affordable. They may or may not be the right solution for you. Ask your dentist/orthodontist before trying those out. A popular clear aligner that may be used by your orthodontist in Erie PA is called Invisalign. They are "virtually invisible" and as stated above, have a similar straightening effect on your teeth that regular metal braces have.

Oral surgery will be performed in only extreme cases. If you have any corrections to your teeth made in an orthodontist session, you will most likely be given a retainer to ensure that the changes stay and your bones form around the new tooth positions.

None of these treatments are fun and most people despise wearing braces, but it's all worth in the long run when you can make a beautiful smile with straight teeth.

Wrap Up

Look, these are your (or your child's) teeth we're talking about here. You obviously want the best care for them because you do not want a patchwork job done. That can end up causing you a lot more money, not to mention more discomfort and severe pain. You will want to find the best orthodontist in Erie PA and we are here to help you with that.

Our pick

Who do we suggest? Who will take the best care of your teeth? Keep reading.



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Dr. _____ is the most competent orthodontist in Erie PA and will effectively solve any and all of your crooked teeth problems in a timely and professional manner. No patchwork jobs or ripoffs here. You're getting the real deal from an absolute professional who loves their job. Why settle for average when you can get the best at similar or even lower rates?