Let’s discover the science behind straightening your smile! Genetics often spark myths and misconceptions about orthodontics, though genetics can significantly affect your treatment outlook. Now that we understand it’s possible, what causes us to inherit our parents and even grandparents’ smiles, and how can your genetics help Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom create your perfect smile? 

The Basics of Orthodontics

Orthodontics, beyond braces, is an art and science dedicated to achieving a functional bite and a confident smile for many patients. All smiles are unique, specifically features such as your bite, jaw, and enamel. Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom might use terms like overbite or underbite to describe features and discuss how braces can treat those things. These common issues are typically inherited from a parent and can shape the architecture of your unique smile and how we treat it. 

The Role of Genetics

Our genetic code is like a blueprint, influencing our physical appearance and also the development of orthodontic issues. By examining patients like you, we can understand the connection between genetics and your teeth’ alignment. Understanding genetics can help Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom develop a tailored plan for your orthodontic treatment. 

Debunking Myths 

Orthodontics and genetics often spark misconceptions. There is a distinct difference between nature and nurture when determining what has influenced your smile. Environmental factors can often come into play. Habits can also be responsible for dental deformities, such as sucking your thumb as a child. We separate fact from fiction, ensuring you understand the complex interplay between genetics, habits, and environmental factors. 

Early Intervention

Timing is key when it comes to orthodontic care. Some of our youngest patients are only seven years old, which might sound too soon, but early detection and monitoring can impact treatment outlook. Early evaluations can be crucial for some patients, especially those with a family history of orthodontic issues. It’s never too early to visit our office to begin planning your orthodontic future. 

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Smile

Maintaining good oral health is essential for a beautiful smile regardless of your genetics. Be sure to brush and floss at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush, especially with braces. It’s essential to care for your teeth before and after orthodontic care to ensure a lasting, bright smile. At Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we take a personalized approach to treatment. Our experienced team considers genetic factors unique to each patient to create an individualized treatment plan for you. Schedule a consultation with our team today! 


Understanding the genetic aspect of orthodontics is a crucial step toward achieving a confident, healthy smile. Genetics can significantly impact your teeth and our approach to orthodontic treatment. Discover how our incredible staff can help you create a plan to achieve your perfect smile based on your genetics. Ready to take the next step? Visit one of our convenient locations for a consultation with Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom to begin your journey to a straighter, healthier smile!