There are many reasons why someone may go to an orthodontist, though your family dentist is likely give you the best reasons.
“Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) for adults & children:
- Breathing or swallowing problems – Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
- Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
- Crowding – Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth.
- Deep Overbite – The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
- Disfiguring of the face & mouth – Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth.
- Missing or extra teeth – Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
- Overjet (protruding upper teeth) – Upper teeth that protrude beyond the normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
- Self-image – An attractive smile can boost a person’s self-image and confidence.
- Spacing between teeth – Teeth are missing, may be too small or too large.
- Speech, chewing or biting problems – Result from improper occlusion and jaw alignment
- Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) – Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.
Specific to children:
- Finger or thumb sucking – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth and constriction of the upper jaw.
- Teeth erupting out of position – Can be guided to proper alignment.”
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Once you have seen the orthodontist, and they have presented you with a plan on how to best treat your condition, it is extremely important to maintain a partnership between the Orthodontist and your Family Dentist.
You will likely visit the Orthodontist every 4-6 weeks. During this time they monitor the movement of you or your child’s teeth. They will take x-rays and digital photos, both of which are procedures that will be used only for the purpose of viewing moving teeth. An Orthodontist does not look for cavities in your mouth or in your child’s mouth, nor do they do any teeth cleaning.
It is important to maintain regular cleanings and for some, it may be best to see the dentist and hygienist even more regularly, as frequently as 3 month intervals. Teeth move more predictably when you have healthy teeth and gums.
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