Who is an Orthodontist?
A dentist who treats patients with of crooked or misaligned teeth is referred to as an Orthodontist. Common knowledge may state that this branch of dentistry is largely concerns the cosmetic appearance of the patient, but in reality Orthodontics treatment encompasses many other factors of their oral health. Patients under Orthodontic report significant improvement in not only their smiles but also in their oral health. Periodontal decaying or any other form decay is seen to much lower in patients post their Orthodontic treatment. Some of the conditions orthodontists treat include:
- Alignment of crooked teeth
- Gaps and spacing between the teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Overbite, underbite, openbite and crossbite (Bitting Trauma)
- Improvement of oral functions such as speaking and eating
- Improvement of the long-term health of gums and teeth
Did you know…?
Orthodontics is specialty for which doctors put in additional three years of studying as part of their Post Graduation. Usually most Dentists perform a broad range of work, with occasional orthodontic treatments. Orthodontists, on the other hand, only see orthodontic patients. So even if your family dentist offers to straighten your teeth, keep in mind that only an orthodontist has the type of specialized training that ensures functional and aesthetic results.
Myth: Orthodontics is meant only for children.
Fact: Just the way a smile looks good on a person of any age, smile correction is desirable for people of all ages.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who needs to visit an Orthodontist?
Ideally most of us, as we are not aware of the imperfections in our smiles that may even be an hazard to our oral health. But if your one or more of your teeth are improperly aligned, see one now. Or simply call us.
What should I expect during an orthodontic visit?
Your orthodontist will conduct an exam and use diagnostic imaging technology to determine the health of your tooth structure and whether orthodontic treatment is right for you. Orthodontic treatments usually involve the use of appliances like invisible braces, space maintainers or jaw repositioning devices.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after meeting with an orthodontist?
Depending on the results of your visit, you may be asked to return for additional exams or follow-up visits in the future.