How is an orthodontist different from a dentist?
Dentists and orthodontists both solve tooth problems, but orthodontists don’t do routine cleanings and fill cavities like dentists do. In fact, an orthodontist first attends dental school to become a dentist, then receives an additional 2-3 years of specialized training to learn about tooth movement and proper jaw alignment. This training is essential for creating beautiful smiles.
A beautiful smile is the top reason patients decide to undergo orthodontic treatment. However, there are additional benefits of having orthodontic treatment too.
By properly aligning the bite, chewing will be more efficient, minimizing tooth damage over time. It can improve speech, optimize facial appearance, correct oral habits, and reduce the risk of painful jaw joint conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. In addition, it is much easier to brush straight teeth, which means they should last much longer with proper care and regular dental checkups.
Why Choose an Orthodontist?
There are many aspects to consider when treating a patient that only a trained specialist will know. As we age, the middle of the face tends to flatten. By anticipating this change, it is important to provide a result that will minimize the impact on the face later. For this reason, and many more, it is important to be evaluated by an orthodontist when seeking treatment.
Usually your dentist will inform you of the need to see an orthodontist if a problem exists. However, you do not need a referral to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. Below are some indications that orthodontic treatment is needed. (For more information, visit our website by following this link.)
- Crowded, overlapped, misplaced teeth or extra teeth.
- Excessive spaces between teeth that persist after the top permanent canine teeth appear.
- Some teeth don’t meet at all.
- Baby teeth falling out too early or very late.
- The centers of the top and bottom front teeth don’t line up.
- Often biting the cheek or roof of the mouth.
- Finger sucking or tongue sucking habit continuing after 6 years of age.
- Difficulty chewing or biting with teeth that don’t meet evenly on both sides.
- Teeth wearing unevenly.
- Jaws that shift off center when the teeth bite together.
- Embarrassing teeth or smile often hidden by hands.
- Top front teeth protrude or are “bucked”.
- Top front teeth cover more than 25 percent of the bottom front teeth when the back teeth are biting together.
- Top front teeth grow in behind the bottom front teeth.
- A space exists between the top and bottom front teeth with the back teeth biting together.
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