Orthodontics is the treatment of improperly positioned teeth. We can use functional appliances as well as fixed braces which apply gentle pressure to move teeth into the desired position. Orthodontics straightens teeth, brings your bite into alignment and improves both the appearance and function of your teeth. Crowded, crooked or protruding teeth are more difficult to keep clean and are vulnerable to gum disease as you age. Treatment may take anywhere from several months to a couple of years, depending on the nature of the problem. Treatment during childhood usually takes less time because the teeth and jaws are still developing. Treatment for both children and adults can be achieved with excellent results.