Orthodontics to Straighten Teeth in Greencastle, Indiana

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the treatment of correcting the alignment and position of the teeth and jaws.


Orthodontic treatment helps improve the functionality and aesthetics of the mouth and face when the teeth are crowded or separated or when there is a malocclusion—meaning having crooked teeth or a "poor bite." Orthodontics helps to straighten the teeth so that the mouth can close properly. But orthodontics is also available when you simply want to improve the overall look of your smile.


What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Orthodontists and dentists help improve their oral health in their patients. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that helps patients have cleaner and healthier teeth, gum, and nerves, while orthodontics specializes in correcting misaligned teeth, jaw bones, and incorrect bite patterns. A general dentist, such as Dr. Knuth, may treat a patient's orthodontic needs with the proper training and experience. Dr. Knuth has completed a rigorous, extensive orthodontic training program and currently participates in an active local study club to stay informed about the latest in orthodontics.


What can be corrected with orthodontics?

  • Crowding: Teeth are misaligned and mounted on each other. Crowding makes cleaning teeth difficult.
  • Highlight or overjet: Upper front teeth protrude outward, sometimes called buck teeth, from prolonged use of the pacifier or sucking the thumb.
  • Spacing between teeth: Usually due to the lack of a tooth or due to having a sizable dental arch.
  • Open bite: The front upper and lower teeth slant outward, so they don't touch when the mouth is closed.
  • Overbite: When closing the mouth, the upper teeth excessively cover the lower teeth, leaving them hidden.
  • Crossbite: occurs when upper teeth fit inside of the lower teeth. This misalignment can affect only a single tooth or a group of teeth.

What is the best age to start orthodontic treatment?

Traditionally, dental brace treatment begins when a child has lost most of their baby teeth, and adult teeth have grown in, usually between the ages of 8 and 14. But, some types of bone problems (maxillary or mandibular) should be treated at an earlier age, between ages 7and 9, when there is still growth and permanent teeth start to emerge. 


If caught earlier, the dentist can focus on proper alignment, and there is less of a chance to have bite problems in the future. However, there is no age limit for orthodontic treatment.  More and more adults are choosing to have orthodontics later in life. 

Do braces really take two years?

Adults and teenagers are primarily concerned about the amount of time they need to wear braces. On average, it takes about two years to complete an orthodontic treatment. Some patients require only six months, but some patients need up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

There may be some discomfort associated with all orthodontic procedures, especially when the brackets are first place and the mouth tissue needs to get used to the abrasiveness. There is also a bit of discomfort after a tightening. The achiness is entirely normal and shows that the orthodontic braces are doing their job.


Should I get orthodontics?

Some may be asking themselves if orthodontic treatment is right for them. Orthodontics improves not only dental health but also our self-esteem. Braces for straight teeth have many benefits:

  • Dental crowding makes hygiene difficult. Consequently, poor hygiene can lead to future tooth and gum problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Poor dental alignment can result in improper chewing. Excessive wear of the teeth or poor jaw placement can lead to headaches or pain in the face or neck.
  • Crooked and poorly positioned teeth can lead to low self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment can help improve the smile, well-being, and self-esteem.

Today there are so many different treatment options available to correct crooked teeth for a straighter smile, including traditional braces (metal braces), ceramic braces, 6 Month Braces, and invisible braces. If you think you could benefit from orthodontics in Greencastle for straighter teeth, please stop by and ask about all the treatment plans. 


At Greencastle Hometown Dental, we believe that your visits to our practice should be as stress-free and relaxing as possible. We invite you to come and experience the Greencastle Hometown Dental difference for yourself. Make an appointment today!