Orthodontic Treatment Information | Orthodontist in Louisville, KY | Mattingly & Howell Orthodontics

About orthodontic treatment

Mattingly & Howell Orthodontics strives to help all patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Treatment options can vary based on the particular problems you face, but we are experienced in providing a wide range of care. If you're self-conscious about your smile, straightening your teeth with braces or aligners will greatly improve the way you look and feel.

Orthodontist vs dentists
– who to see

While orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, they do so in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion and the straightening of teeth.

While a dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care in addition to extractions, fillings, and whitening treatments, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different procedures you might need.

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When to have orthodontic treatment

Orthodontics is not just for creating beautiful smiles; it improves bad bites, called malocclusions. Malocclusions happen as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and can cause greater issues if left untreated. These irregularities affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and feel about your smile.

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Common problems

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, if left untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems, including:

  • Crowded teeth, making it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Protruding teeth, which are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Overbites, which cause excessive incisor wear and a “gummy” smile.
  • Underbites, that cause discomfort and excessive wear patterns on the teeth.
  • Crossbites, that can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites, which can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
  • Spacing issues, which are most commonly caused by excessive jaw room.
  • Dental midlines not matched, which indicates that your back bite does not fit appropriately and can cause jaw issues.

Learn more about the treatment options available to you by scheduling your free consultation today!

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2317 Stony Brook Dr.
Louisville
KY, 40220

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7206 Dixie Highway
Louisville
KY, 40258

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Louisville
KY, 40202

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Bardstown
KY, 40004

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Lebanon
KY, 40033

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