Why You Need Orthodontics
Any doctor dealing with the teeth is commonly referred to as a dentist. However, not all teeth conditions are dealt with under General Dentistry. Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry focused on fixing teeth and jaw alignment problems. While these issues are not immediate problems that require a quick visit to the dentist (eg. tooth decay that causes incessant toothaches), teeth alignment problems aggravate and lead to other teeth problems over time. Teeth overcrowding, aside from affecting a person’s smile and appearance, can also lead to tooth decay as teeth become harder to reach and cleaning becomes a problem.
How does an Orthodontist differ from a Dentist?
An Orthodontist is a graduate of a dental school with a couple of years of post-graduate specialization in Orthodontics. Essentially, orthodontists are dentists specialized in realigning the teeth. Orthodontic education does not stop after residency and specialization. Since this is an evolving field, Orthodontists learn continuously throughout their career to keep themselves updated with latest technologies and techniques.
Who needs Orthodontics?
Any individual with crowded pearly whites, crooked teeth growth, or misaligned bite (over/underbite) will benefit from Orthodontics. Your dentist will be able to observe and identify probable conditions and refer you to an Orthodontist. Dental x-rays and exams help an Orthodontist diagnose a patient’s teeth and jaw conditions.
What are common treatments under Orthodontics?
Wearing dental braces is the most common way of treating teeth and jaw alignment problems. Developments in orthodontics over the years paved the way for modern treatments that allow Orthodontists and patients to veer away from traditional braces.
Braces are effective yet the inconveniences and discomfort that the treatment brings cause more patients to choose alternative ways of treatment. Invisalign, a plastic teeth aligner, is now becoming a preferred treatment for patients who want to avoid the hassle of living with braces. With Invisalign, a patient’s condition is treated discretely (clear aligner) without the need for wires and with the freedom of removing it anytime.
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