Our Fort Collins orthodontists describe orthodontics as a kind of dental treatment whose main purpose is to improve the appearance, function, and position of abnormally arranged or crooked teeth. It is a Greek term which literally means ‘to straighten teeth’. Healthcare practitioners who practice orthodontics are referred to as orthodontists. These professionals normally work at specialist units in hospitals or in dental surgeries (performing such surgeries as wisdom teeth extraction). In their job, orthodontists use mechanical devices, for example, braces, to arrange teeth into their proper position.

Who Needs Orthodontics Treatment?

In some cases, the teeth and jaws of a child don’t develop in the way they are supposed to. The medical term used to describe teeth that are not in their proper position is malocclusion. Sometimes malocclusion occurs for no apparent reason. In other cases, it is caused by some certain behaviors in kids, for instance, repeated thumb sucking, or when an injury occurs to the teeth or to the facial bones. Being in the field of Fort Collins family dentistry, we see a lot of this. In most cases, malocclusion does not cause serious health problems in children. However, malocclusion should be corrected in kids, especially when they are in their teens, and failure to do so can affect the shape of their face as well as the appearance of their teeth. This may lead to emotional and psychological problems in children, for instance, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression etc. Very severe cases of malocclusion can make the teeth, jaw, or mouth function improperly. For instance, it can be difficult for someone to eat food, teeth can be become harder to clean, and they can also be easily damaged. Having a solid Fort Collins family dentistry staff to educate you about this is very important. Malocclusion is a much more common problem among children than people realize. Kids with the problem can benefit greatly from orthodontic treatments. Even though it is children and teenagers who regularly seek the help of orthodontists in Fort Collins, there are rising numbers of adults who also seek the same treatments. Adults may seek orthodontic treatments in order to fix problems that may not have been treated in the past or to improve the function and the appearance of their teeth.

So What are the Benefits of Orthodontics?

The decision to go for an orthodontic treatment with our top-rated dentists no doubt a huge one in many people’s lives. It not only changes people physically but emotionally as well. Besides an attractive smile, orthodontic treatments also help people gain the self-confidence that they were previously lacking.

The Benefits of Orthodontics:

  • Nice attractive smile
  • Better function and stability to teeth
  • Boosts self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Lessens risk of injury on protruding front teeth
  • Improves ability to clean teeth easily
  • Better health for teeth and gums in the long term
  • Provides good positioning to permanent teeth
  • Optimizes other dental procedures such as crowns, veneers, implants, and partials
  • Increases the fullness of the lips
  • Shapes the lower and upper jaws
  • Improves the facial appearance
  • Improves the bite of teeth
  • Helps with breathing problems
  • Improves difficulties with speech
  • Eliminates kid’s behaviors such as thumb or finger sucking

Orthodontic treatments can have a huge influence on the health of people’s teeth. If teeth are aligned properly and well taken care of, they can last forever. People who have crooked or misaligned teeth should have the problems rectified by local orthodontists, otherwise the problems can become much worse and lead to damage of teeth, gums, and bones around the teeth. Our Fort Collins dentistry staff at Shore’s Family Dentistry will be more than happy to answer all of your orthodontic questions.

Orthodontic treatment is an effective solution for crooked teeth and a jaw that is out of alignment.

Most treatments require brackets to be bonded to your teeth and a wire running from tooth to tooth.

Once your teeth have been repositioned, you may be required to wear a temporary retainer to keep your teeth in position.


Upon completion of your treatment, your teeth will be straight and beautiful, improving your overall health and confidence.

We use these products for this type of treatment: