Albuquerque Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a dentistry practice that primarily focuses on the correction and misalignment of the teeth and jaws. When your teeth are crooked and don’t fit together properly it can cause stress to the chewing muscles, which can result in headaches.

Misaligned teeth are also difficult to keep clean, are more prone to tooth decay and early loss due to periodontal disease.


You’re also at risk of developing TMJ syndrone, having neck, shoulder and even back pain. And, of course your appearance suffers as well.

Orthodontists are dental specialists and undergo additional advanced training beyond their four years of dental school.  Dr. Gilbert has a substantial amount of training as well as a Masters Degree in Orthodontics. You can see his complete bio here.

The benefits of Orthodontic treatment

  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Straight teeth which can last a lifetime
  • Healthier gums are less prone to disease
  • Straight teeth are easier to clean
  • Properly aligned teeth collect less plaque
  • Better chewing ability and food digestion
  • Closes space between teeth which reduces need for bridges or implants
  • Reduces risk of injury due to protruding front teeth
  • You have an enhanced and more attractive smile
  • Better function of the teeth

You can have straight teeth. Contact Dr. Gilbert today and find out if Orthodontic Treatment is the right choice for you.

Starting Orthodontic Treatment Early

by Kathryn Rand

Orthodontists regularly emphasize the importance of seeing all children while they are still young, but many parents are still confused as to why their seven-year-olds need to be visiting an orthodontist when they’ve yet to see all of their permanent teeth come in. Dr. Kathryn Rand, DDS says that this is a valid concern based on a general misunderstanding of how orthodontics really works.


At her practice in West Seneca, New York, Dr. Rand says that very few seven-year-olds actually get braces. However, that does not lessen the importance of seeing adolescents at this critical age.

Although many people think of orthodontists as people who push and pull the teeth into alignment, Dr. Rand explains that a good portion of what she does as an orthodontist is work with the upper and lower jaws. The younger a patient is, the easier it will generally be to move or reposition his jaw. If you can begin corrections while a patient is still young, then there’s a good chance that the patient may not need as much orthodontic work once his adult teeth come in. Thus, Dr. Rand explains that patients who begin orthodontic treatments while they are young can expect better outcomes and less discomfort in the process.

The case for early examinations can especially be made for female patients, many of whom are uninterested in wearing braces they hit 13 or 14 years of age. If parents and orthodontists can get these girls’ dental treatments done when they are younger, then they can generally expect better compliance and an easier process overall.

The specific treatment that a patient will get at an early age depends on what the orthodontic problem is. Some children need bite plates to help with their deep bites, but Dr. Rand cautions that bite plates are just one of many potential treatment options. Because everyone’s needs are different, there are kids who are going to be unaffected with bite plates and kids who are going to experience extreme changes in their smiles because of this type of treatment.

It is also important to note that younger bone is less dense than older bone, which is why it becomes more difficult to move the teeth as a patient gets older. Although teeth will still move when people are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, Dr. Rand cautions that the process is often more difficult and less comfortable.

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Dr. Ray Gilbert Orthodontics | 8400 Osuna NE, Albuquerque NM  87111 | (505) 293-2332