Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

What does an orthodontist do?

Orthodontists are a type of dentist who specializes in teeth and jaw alignment. They help correct dental problems such as improper bites or crooked teeth. Orthodontists not only help patients feel confident about their teeth but they also help to reduce the risk of tooth wear, gum disease, and other problems associated with untreated orthodontic issues.

When should I get orthodontic treatment?

It’s best to see an orthodontist when an uneven bite or overcrowding becomes apparent. Certain problems can cause pain and jaw issues over time. Kids, teens, and adults can all see an orthodontist for orthodontic treatments.

When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, it’s recommended that kids begin seeing an orthodontist at the age of seven if they show signs of orthodontic problems. Because a child’s teeth and jaws are still growing, orthodontic problems are easier to treat early. However, you’re never too old to receive orthodontic treatment.

What’s the purpose of orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatments not only give you an attractive smile that can boost your confidence but they also help your teeth function properly. Certain orthodontic problems like overcrowding and deep bites can cause tooth wear and discomfort. Orthodontic treatments help to keep these problems from impacting the health of your teeth and your overall well-being.

What does a potential bite problem look like?

Clear indications of potential bite problems include protruding teeth, large overbites, deep bites, teeth that are crowded together, or teeth that are erupting out of position. Other indications that can be harder to detect include mouth breathing, speech difficulties, frequent biting of the cheek, frequent biting of the palate, the teeth not meeting properly when the mouth closes, and the jaw making sounds when it moves.

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