Dentists cover a broad range of oral health issues. An orthodontist, on the other hand,
is a dental specialist who focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of facial
and dental irregularities such as the alignment of your teeth, or the quality of your bite.
Sometimes, a problem in this area is painfully obvious such as difficulty biting,
chewing or speaking, or some of your teeth may be clearly protruding, crowded or misplaced.
Other conditions may not be as apparent. Conditions like mouth breathing,
clenching or grinding your teeth, even some forms of sleep apnea, and the inability
to comfortably close your lips may spell out signals that orthodontic treatment is needed.
If any of these apply to you or someone you know, an orthodontist has the special skills
and training needed to diagnose and treat the problem.
Orthodontics is for kids and adults
It has been recommended that kids undergo an orthodontic exam by age 7
according to American Academy of Orthodontists (AAO).
One reason for the need for early diagnosis is that it takes an expert to determine whether a child
has a serious orthodontic problem or if the condition is just a normal developmental variation.
Another reason is that with advanced detection, treatments may be easier if caught early,
and may even prevent oral surgery if diagnosed later on in life.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age — and in older patients,
compliance isn’t usually an issue. And if you are concerned that oral appliances may clash
with your professional image, note that there is a growing availability of less visible alternatives
like clear aligners, translucent ceramic brackets, and lingual braces,
which makes it difficult to tell whether or not you are wearing orthodontic appliances.
Orthodontics isn’t just about looks. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain,
and less subject to unnecessary wear leading to a higher quality of life.
A better bite keeps you from having trouble eating and speaking, and helps your teeth stay
healthy — and healthy teeth can last a lifetime. So why delay getting orthodontic treatment?
You are most well come in Expert Dental Center!