Generally, the family dentist recommends that their patient should consult with an orthodontist. The orthodontist is the dental professional that has extra training beyond dental school on the way to straighten a patient’s teeth or correct jaw problems. The orthodontist has the skills, training, knowledge, and experience to treat a wide variety of problems connected with teeth alignment and jaw issues. If you get a chance to visit the orthodontist, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and get the answers that you need to make informed decisions about your misaligned teeth or jaw problems.
The Orthodontist Role
The orthodontist’s role is to perform an examination of your teeth and make suggestions about the correct treatment to correct problems of your teeth or jaw. Of course, there is a wide variety of treatments that the orthodontist is prepared to perform on patients of all ages. It’s important to note that kids go to the orthodontist to correct their teeth before problems escalate. However, more and more adults are taking chance to consult with an orthodontist about their misaligned teeth too.
Typical Orthodontic Problems
- Overbite – the top teeth stick out further than the bottom teeth
- Underbite – the lower teeth are out further than the top teeth
- Open bite – a space in the biting surface exist
- Spacing – large spaces exist between the teeth
- Crowding – too many teeth in a space
These are a few of the most popular treatments for misaligned teeth.
- Traditional Braces – use a wire system to hold teeth in new place
- Aligners – aligners are almost invisible and do not require wires to push teeth in place
- Invisalign – a type of invisible aligner
Consult with an orthodontist today to schedule an appointment, and let it change your life.
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