Orthodontics is an important area of dentistry which specializes in the correction of teeth and jaws improperly positioned. Teeth that don’t fit together and crooked teeth are frequent areas of focus in orthodontics, however, it can also address issues with an improper bite. Overall, orthodontics is beneficial for treating misaligned teeth and jaws, which often lead to other issues such as headaches, shoulder and back pain among others due to the extra stress on the chewing muscles. Crooked and misaligned teeth contribute to plaque buildup because they’re harder to clean, so tooth decay and periodontal disease are a higher risk. Cosmetically, orthodontics aids in a more pleasing smile because of straight teeth and proper bite. Simply put, with orthodontics, your teeth are healthier, causing a healthier mouth overall, and stand a better chance at lasting the rest of your life!
Is My Dentist an Orthodontist?
In order to practice orthodontics, a dentist must complete an additional two or three years of training beyond standard dental school. They specialize in diagnosing, preventing and treating issues surrounding misaligned teeth, the jaw and bite irregularities.
Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don’t fit together correctly. Malocclusions affect not only the teeth but also the appearance of the face. Most malocclusions are inherited, however, some are due to acquired habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. The spacing left from an adult tooth being extracted or an early loss of a baby tooth can also contribute to a malocclusion.
Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever, patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity but for cosmetic reasons as well. Whether it’s traditional braces or custom-made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you have the healthy, straight and beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for!
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Orthodontics is important to your oral health, overall health and the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Correct any number of issues with crooked teeth or bite irregularities and give us a call today to schedule your orthodontic consultation!