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What Can an Orthodontist Do for Me?

July 2013

Orthodontists are specialists in dental treatment who can help to prevent or correct misaligned teeth and jaws. A beautiful smile can be a huge factor in building self-confidence. Dental problems or irregularities can cause esteem issues with appearance and can cause physical difficulties speaking or eating. Research has also indicated that misalignment issues also can be responsible for snoring, sleep apnea and other breathing issues. Orthodontic treatment can help correct a great many dental problems including overbites, under bites, teeth crowding and cross bites.

Orthodontists can treat people of any age. However treatment regimens can be far more effective and comfortable before adulthood. This is due to the structure of the jaw and face has not been completely established in children, which allows for easier manipulation and correct placement of teeth.

On an initial visit with an orthodontist, they will take x-rays of your mouth and create a mold of your teeth. The orthodontist will ask you to bite down into the soft mold; this is to determine the alignment of your teeth. If your teeth prove to be misaligned, then the orthodontist will develop a treatment regime for you. This may include plans for braces, retainers or other procedures.

The dental issues treated by orthodontists can be the result of a number of causes or factors. These include:

  • Hereditary issues: Dental problems can be a result of genetics, as many common issues tend to run within families. If you have experienced dental alignment issues, then there is a good chance that your children may also have similar problems.

  • Early loss of baby teeth: Children who lose their baby teeth early have a greater chance of overcrowded teeth later in life.

  • Accidents: Facial trauma or injury can affect the bone structure of the jaw, causing misalignment of teeth or other dental issues.

  • Tooth Decay: Poor dental hygiene can result in tooth decay and cause problems with the teeth and mouth.

Ideally, orthodontic treatment should begin early in childhood. Children should be examined by an orthodontist, who can assess if there are any developmental issues which may become a problem later. This will allow a treatment plan to be established, allowing corrective measures to be initiated as quickly as possible. This is especially important if the child is having difficulty speaking, chewing or eating, or there is a history of crooked or misaligned teeth in the family.

Orthodontic treatment can correct misalignment problems including crooked or protruding teeth, overbites, under bites and many other issues. There are treatment plans available even for adults, so it is never too late to seek treatment and achieve a beautiful smile.

The technological advances in the dental field means that treatments are specifically designed for the individual. If you have a fear of dental treatment, it could be worthwhile consulting an orthodontist on methods of treatment which may help alleviate your concerns. It is also important to note, that children can develop a fear based on parental conduct. Try to introduce your child to the orthodontist in a relaxed way which allows them to be comfortable in the event regular treatment is needed.

If you are longing for a beautiful smile and would be interested in learning more about what an orthodontist can do for you, contact Fremont Orthodontics. We have the experience and expertise to treat a number of dental issues in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We would be delighted to answer any questions or queries you may have and assist you to develop a beautiful smile.

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