Orthodontics - Shakopee, MN

Orthodontics can correct common problems when your teeth and jaws do not align properly, you have teeth that are crowded or crooked, you have an underbite or you have an overbite.

Common factors in which you may need orthodontic care for your teeth include:

  • As teeth grow in, crowding or misalignment has occurred
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid or osteoarthritis)
  • Hard impact or blow to the jaw joint (ex. sports injury, fighting)
  • Shock-absorbing disk moves out of alignment
  • Teeth grinding at night
  • Stress (leading to tense muscles)

Crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw can too easily lead to more dental problems. When jaw or tooth pain occurs, simply opening your mouth can hurt. It may be more difficult to brush teeth thoroughly. This can lead to decayed teeth or periodontal disease, if not taken care of promptly. Jaw and teeth problems can also be cause for headaches and physical pain in other areas (neck, back, shoulders).

Aesthetically a misaligned jaw or crooked teeth can also be noticeable from first glance, but a healthy mouth is even more crucial. At RiverRock Dental, Todd Christianson, DDS, has been trained to correct alignment, spacing and crowding issues with your teeth. He has also undergone training to establish a stable, healthy bite for both children and adults.

While there are cases in which there may be a waiting game for your teeth and jaw to return to a normal state on their own (often the case with temporomandibular joint, or TMJ), a professional orthodontist can confirm whether orthodontic care is needed.

Our orthodontist will complete the following steps to confirm additional dental care:

  • Collect your full medical and dental health history
  • Complete a clinical exam
  • Collect plaster models of your teeth (using alginate impression material)
  • Get X-rays to identify misalignment in the jaw and/or teeth

There is no hard “yes” or “no” answer regarding whether every case of misalignment requires elaborate orthodontic care. But as with most instances of teeth damage, if one dental problem is ignored then the rest of your teeth (or jaw) may suffer the consequences. Let your dentist know immediately if even one tooth is giving you problems, especially if the issue is not visible from regular cleaning care.

If you experience any of the following and it has become difficult to properly take care of your teeth, you may be a candidate for orthodontic care:

  • Overbite (buck teeth)
  • Underbite (bottom teeth position in front of upper teeth)
  • Crossbite (upper teeth do not lower slightly down onto bottom teeth)
  • Open bite (gap between top and lower teeth when the mouth is closed, in which you can see your tongue)
  • Misplaced midline (upper front teeth and lower front teeth do not align)
  • Gaps (spacing from missing teeth or teeth that are too small to create an efficient bite)
  • Crowding (too many teeth)

If you are a candidate for orthodontic care, our orthodontist may suggest corrective dental treatments such as braces, Invisalign, retainers or wires.

To find out more information, click here to schedule a free consultation with our ortho team.


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