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Orthodontics in Sterling Heights, MI

The alignment of your teeth has a major impact on your oral and your overall health. If you have a malocclusion, also known as a “bad bite”, you are at an increased risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and excessive erosion. Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of these issues.
The team at Dental One Care in Sterling Heights, MI, wants to help you resolve your malocclusion and get that picture-perfect smile you have always dreamed of. Therefore, we offer several orthodontic treatment options.

What problems can be treated with orthodontics?

There are several problems that can be treated with orthodontics, including:


One of the most common problems in orthodontics is overcrowding, which occurs when there is not enough space in the jaws to accommodate all of the teeth. Overcrowding can cause patients to be self-conscious about their smile, as well as suffer from gum problems and uneven wear and tear on teeth.

Gapped Teeth

Another common problem treated with orthodontics is gapped teeth. Gaps between teeth are most commonly seen between the two front teeth but can occur anywhere in the mouth. In some cases, gaps are due to a mismatch between the size of the jawbone and teeth. Some patients have gaps due to missing teeth, finger/thumb sucking, prolonged pacifier/bottle use, or tongue thrusting.

Open Bite

Open bite is a condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed. This problem is typically due to habits such as thumb/finger sucking, chewing on foreign objects, or tongue thrusting- but may also be the result of jawbone problems.


An overbite, often referred to as “deep bite” is when the upper front teeth almost entirely overlap the bottom front teeth in a vertical direction. Typically, overbites are genetic.


An overjet is often mistaken for an overbite. However, this condition is where there is an excessive horizontal overlap of the top and bottom teeth. This is typically due to a skeletal discrepancy where the upper jaw is farther forward than the lower. An overjet may be genetic or may be due to habits.


An underbite is a condition in which the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth. This is one of the more difficult bite problems to treat, but it is possible. Typically, underbites are genetic.


Hypodontia is a genetic condition in which several teeth, primary or permanent, do not develop at all. Typically, it is the upper lateral incisors that are absent. Since this leaves excessive spacing in the “esthetic zone”, this condition can impact a patient’s confidence.

Impacted Teeth

Teeth that are stuck in the bone and do not erupt through the gum are impacted. In most cases, it is the upper permanent canines that are affected. This requires orthodontic treatment to pull them into the proper position within the jaw. Typically, impacted teeth are due to genetics- but may also be the result of overcrowding or the early loss of primary teeth and later development of permanent teeth.

Orthodontic Solutions at Dental One Care

Dr. Fadi Farhat is pleased to offer several orthodontic solutions. During your consultation, we will discuss your options and your condition to help you determine which one is the best option for you.

Dental Braces

One of the most common orthodontic solutions is dental braces. Most patients who get braces are younger, but it is also an option for our adult patients. We offer several types of braces: metal, lingual, and self-ligating. This solution involves the placement of metal brackets on the teeth, with a metal wire running between them to put pressure on the teeth and pull them into alignment.
Lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth, so they are less noticeable. Self-ligating braces use a built-in system instead of brackets to hold the wire in place.


Invisalign joined the market in the late 1990s and has increased in popularity since that time. This orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners to put pressure on the teeth, shifting them into place. They look and function a lot like retainers and are virtually invisible- most people won’t realize you have them.
This method is somewhat self-directed in that the aligners can be removed for eating/drinking and practicing dental hygiene. The aligners should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day. If you do not wear them, they will not be effective.


While headgear is one of the less preferred orthodontic treatment options, it is available for those who primarily need their back teeth aligned. It will also impact your front teeth and make sure they are all corrected properly. Headgear limits your ability to engage in other tasks, so it should only be worn at night and, if used improperly, may cause your front teeth to protrude.


Retainers are typically the final stage of orthodontic treatment. Retainers are custom-made based on your jaw and teeth structure. They are designed to hold your teeth in their new position. We highly recommend the use of retainers to maximize the results of your orthodontic treatment. If you do not wear your retainer as recommended, you risk your teeth shifting back into their original positions.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation Today

If you have dental issues such as overcrowding, gapped teeth, underbite, overbite, hypodontia, or others, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Farhat and the team today. We will do a thorough examination and x-rays to determine the severity of your condition and which treatment is ideal for you.

Orthodontic FAQs

Many of our patients have lots of questions when it comes to dental treatment, especially our orthodontic solutions. Some of the most common questions we hear include:

What are the advantages of orthodontic treatment?

Aside from the fact that orthodontic treatment can improve your smile and therefore, your confidence, there are other benefits as well:
  • Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
  • Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets
  • Invisalign® has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide.

How long will orthodontic treatment take?

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your condition and, in the case of Invisalign- your compliance with treatment. On average, braces take 12 to 24 months, while Invisalign typically takes 12 to 18 months. Some patients see results within 6 months with Invisalign.

How long will the results last following treatment?

As long as you follow your treatment plan, including wearing your retainer as directed, your results should last a lifetime. If you do not wear your retainer, your teeth may move back into their original positions- and may even get worse.

Dental 1 Care

Dental 1 Care offers a wide range of dental services to meet your needs. We offer single implants, implant-supported dentures, root canals, dentures, and sedation Dentistry. We are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and we will work with you to make sure you are comfortable and informed about your treatment options.

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