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Message from Dr. Seligman

Faces not Braces! Most people think of straight teeth when you mention braces. What most don't realize is that orthodontics is a lot more than straight teeth. Facial balance, airway, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) status, and a functional occlusion or bite are critical and the most important aspects in any treatment plan that is offered. Creating facial balance and harmony between soft and hard tissue is what we strive to achieve in all patients.

Yes, we straighten teeth but we also consider the net effect of treatment on the overall appearance and dental health of each individual patient. A beautiful smile with properly balanced facial aesthetics is just the beginning of the treatment philosophy. The beauty of the technology that is being offered today is rooted in basic principles of physics. This has enabled far fewer extractions of permanent teeth, improvements in airway considerations, and above all an orthodontic experience which most would agree is more comfortable than anticipated.

The stereotypes that braces are big and "ugly", painful, and that treatment takes years and years plus the extraction of permanent teeth are now basically falling to the wayside and can even be considered myth in some circumstances. It is my personal goal to create beautiful and lasting smiles for each of our patients which achieve facial balance and symmetry as the foundation. Most importantly I strive to create an educational experience for our patients, their parents or caregivers which is beyond expectation.