Why Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is more than simply “straightening crooked teeth.” It’s a special area of dentistry that focuses on your bite, skeletal and dental relationships, facial aesthetics and form. As a specialist, the orthodontist works closely with your general dentist and other dental specialists to provide you with the comprehensive dental care.

What makes an orthodontist so special?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed at least two continuous years of additional training in orthodontics at an accredited university after graduation from dental school. Although some general and pediatric dentists perform orthodontic treatment, it is often very limited and only for a few patients. Practicing orthodontics exclusively allows Dr. Wilson and his staff of well-trained assistants to truly become experts in their field. We know a lot about smiles because we see so many of them.

Why should you see an orthodontist?

Most patients come to the orthodontist because they are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth. And in fact, studies have shown that an attractive smile can increase self-confidence and directly influence success in your personal or professional life.

In addition to aesthetic reasons, some patients are referred to an orthodontist for functional reasons. Crooked, crowded teeth are difficult to clean and susceptible to decay or gum problems. Some kinds of imperfect bites can aggravate joint discomfort (TMD). Some adults require orthodontics as one of the stages in restorative dentistry (i.e., implants, crowns and bridges).

It is estimated that 80 percent of the population would benefit from orthodontic treatment. If you are uncomfortable about your smile or if the dentist recommends bite correction, orthodontics has the answers for a lifetime.

When should you see an orthodontist?

It is quite common for kids to ask their parents to bring them to the orthodontist. Young people are very aware of the aesthetic benefits of orthodontics and want their teeth as attractive as they can be. If you think that your child might need orthodontic treatment, chances are that you’re right. Age 7, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, is the ideal age for your child to be seen by the orthodontist. Dr. Wilson can develop a treatment plan that takes advantage of your child’s jaw growth. Early treatment intervention may, in some cases, eliminate the need for permanent tooth extraction and/or jaw surgery.

Thanks to new and incredibly aesthetic and comfortable self-ligating brackets, it’s no longer unusual to see adults in braces, too. Today’s dental care enables most people to have a lifetime with their natural teeth. So, it’s never too late to have a terrific smile.

How do you start?

Once you have determined that it’s time to see the orthodontist, just call our office. Our appointment coordinator will schedule an examination for you. During this visit, we will ask some questions concerning your dental and medical history. We will listen carefully to what you wish to achieve from treatment. We may also take some orthodontic diagnostic records consisting of X-rays of your head and jaws, photographs of your teeth and face and study models of your teeth. This data, as well as information from your initial examination, is used to make a complete diagnosis and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Then, Dr. Wilson will perform a thorough visual examination and give you a summary of the orthodontic condition he sees.

We will explain in detail any orthodontic problems, describe the plan for treatment, clarify office policies and procedures and discuss the exact cost of treatment. When all of your questions have been answered, it is time to schedule the start of orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Wilson uses state-of-the-art mechanics and materials, which are more efficient and allow for longer intervals of time between appointments, shorter appointments, shorter treatment times and more comfortable and aesthetic treatment.

A Long List of Differences

There are many reasons for choosing a specific orthodontist. Although price and location are very important considerations, we believe that experience and ability rank highest.

This list will give you an idea of Dr. Wilson’s credentials:

  • Practicing Orthodontist in Central Pennsylvania since 1979.
  • Received a D.M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Attended the University of Pennsylvania for a specialty certificate in orthodontics.
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
  • Past President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Tri-County Dental Society.
  • Member of the American College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Middle Atlantic Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. These associations and many courses throughout the year keep Dr. Wilson well informed about the latest developments in orthodontics.

Dr. Wilson and his staff are very proud of their outstanding results for over 30 years. We are all about quality and service to our patients and parents. In fact, we have had the honor of treating most of the dentists’ children in the region. Our beliefs in early treatment have helped us create exquisite smiles with minimal extractions. Our in-house lab makes it possible to create custom appliances for our patients in the shortest time interval. Our friendly, loyal, long-term and well-trained staff is truly the best practice asset.

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Putting You in the Picture

Your smile is an important personal asset. It’s never too late or early to consider orthodontics. It’s the gift that lasts a lifetime – a beautiful smile.

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So, put yourself in the picture. Take care of your teeth. And smile!


Since 1979, Dr. David Wilson and his staff have been doing something very special. As orthodontic specialists, we help people develop beautiful smiles. It’s a service we take very seriously.

Our desire is to treat each of our patients the way we like to be treated. We think the results are evident. Just look at the smiling photographs you’ll find in our offices and on the pages of this Web site. We put it together to formally introduce ourselves and answer some of the questions you may have concerning your smile and orthodontics.