Orthodontics


Healthy, straighter smiles have a huge impact on your confidence

Beyond detracting from your appearance crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together nicely are harder to keep clean, increase the risk of tooth loss due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and generate increased stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome, neck, shoulder and back pain.

We offer the finest quality orthodontic treatments for adults and children throughout Chattanooga. Our practice has the experience to help you achieve a healthier mouth, longer lasting teeth and the smile you’ve always wanted.

We can assist you with Invisalign or Clear Correct for teens and adults. Invisalign and Clear Correct aligners are barely noticeable and are becoming a preferred method for aligning teeth by patients of all ages.

Modern braces show a lot less metal and are smaller, lighter than braces of the past. Kids love the bright colors and adults prefer the clear styles that are available. Braces are typically adjusted monthly to produce the desired results, which may be accomplished within a few months to a few years depending on your situation.

Using you dental and medical history, a dental exam, X-rays, photographs and plaster models of your teeth, Dr. McOmie can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Orthodontic treatment may be needed if you have any of the following:

  • Overbite – where the upper front teeth extend too far forward over the lower teeth
  • Underbite – where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
  • Crossbite – when your upper teeth fall inside your lower teeth on one side or when your top front teeth fall behind your lower front teeth when you bite down
  • Open bite – space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
  • Misplaced midline – when the center of the upper front teeth does not line up with the center of the lower front teeth
  • Spacing – gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or size of teeth
  • Crowding – the lack of space for all the teeth to fit normally within the jaws

Depending on the severity of your problem Dr. McOmie will determine which orthodontic treatment will be the most effective.

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