Most dentists will have a speciality, just like anyone in the medical profession. Orthodontics is a speciality in making sure that people’s teeth grow into the right places, and so often focuses on diagnosing any problems, and then treating those problems. Dental braces will come under this speciality, which is the majority of the work that orthodontic dentists will do with young people.
What is an Orthodontist?
It takes another three years of university study and clinical training in order for a dentist to be able to call themselves an orthodontist, and this means that whenever you visit one you can be reassured that they have received absolutely all of the training that they require. Even more than this, all orthodontists are regulated by the American Association of Orthodontists, so you can have confidence in them even more. You should always check that the orthodontist that you are seen by is a member of the AAO. Experts recommend that all children should receive an orthodontic examination at age seven, so that the dentist can assess whether they will need treatment.
What kind of work does an orthodontist do?
When there is a misalignment in your teeth, the dentist that you will be referred to will be an orthodontist, and they will work hard to correct your teeth to give you a winning smile. For some people, these teeth problems can lead to difficulties with chewing, and even looking after their teeth properly.
What treatments do they offer?
Here are some examples of the things that orthodontists can do for their patients:
- Anteroposterior deviations: this involves any patient who has overbite or underbite, problems that can prevent people from speaking or chewing naturally
- Overcrowding: put simply, this means that a person has too many teeth and the jawbone is not large enough to accommodate them all. The treatment involves moving teeth around for a better balance
- Aesthetic issues: some patients will have cosmetic concerns about their teeth, and an orthodontist will help them to achieve a more natural smile
How can an orthodontist realign teeth and jaws?
Before treatment is offered, an orthodontist will ensure that they understand everything about your teeth, gums, and jawline, and so an x-ray will probably be taken. The orthodontist will also take bite impressions, and a few other tests so that they know exactly what they are working with. After examining them, the orthodontist will be able to make their recommendations, some of which include:
- Dental braces: the most common treatment offered, this involves attaching wired brackets across the teeth that are slowly tightened over time in order to encourage the movement of teeth. Braces can be made to be almost invisible. Invisalign is also often a preferred option.
- Facemasks and headgear: created in order to treat overbite or underbite, headgear will go around your hair and will affix to the braces themselves. This will encourage the jawbone to move where the dentist wants it to go
- Retainers: after braces have done their work and your teeth have been perfectly aligned, you will need to wear retainers to prevent the teeth from returning to their original positions
To correct your over/underbite, or straighten your teeth, call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation.