Why And When Should You Visit An Orthodontist?

Having a beautiful smile can enhance your physical appearance as well as make you more confident about yourself. However, if you are suffering from jaw problems or have crooked teeth, it is time you take an appointment with an orthodontist. One of the great benefits of orthodontic treatment is that they not only help make teeth straighter and improve bite, but they also reduce the risk of potential oral health problems. Having jaw problems and crooked teeth can make it difficult for one to clean their teeth properly, resulting in gum disease, tooth decay or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems, when left untreated, can lead to speech impairments, chewing and digestive difficulties and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Eventually, when excessive strain is caused by the bone supporting the teeth and gum tissue, it can affect the jaw joints leading to neck or face pain or headaches.

Orthodontic treatments can be done at any age. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, an orthodontic evaluation should be done no later than seven years of age.
Orthodontic treatment when done promptly ensures maximum dental health benefits.

Recent advancements in orthodontics have made it easy to wear braces. Different types of braces, namely the traditional metal brace, tooth-colored braces, clear braces or heated activated NASA types of wires are available to suit a patient’s needs and requirements. However, there may be patients who require no wires and braces and can be treated with clear retainer type of aligners.

Why and when should Adults and Children opt for an Orthodontic Treatment (braces)?

  • Crowding Teeth: If your teeth are not positioned properly or involve extra teeth.
  • Breathing and swallowing problems: Difficulty in breathing and swallowing can lead to sleep apnea and snoring
  • Missing or Extra tooth: When there is the loss of a tooth due to tooth decay or injury or have extra teeth due to inherited problems.
  • Crossbite: When the upper teeth tend to bite towards the inner side of the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
  • Teeth spacing: The gaps between teeth may too small or too large or absence of a teeth.
  • Underbite(protrusion of lower jaw): Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.
  • Chewing, biting or speech problems: Caused due to improper occlusion and misalignment of the jaw.

For Children:

  • Teeth not erupting in proper position: Can help align teeth properly
  • Thumb or finger sucking: The habit can lead to constriction of upper jaw and protrusion of upper incisor teeth

Orthodontic treatment is done in three stages:

1: Planning: This stage requires you to visit your orthodontist for the following reasons:

  • Assess the state of your teeth and how they are likely to develop
  • Teeth and jaw x- rays
  • To prepare casting or molds of your teeth
  • For Mouth and face photographs
  • After proper check up and planning, your orthodontist will prepare a custom-made brace for you.

2: Active Stage: In this stage, a patient is required visit his/ her orthodontist regularly for adjustments and specific treatments to ensure good results.

3: Retention Stage: This stage involves removal of the braces after the completion of the treatment. However, a new appliance is made to help maintain the changes made to your teeth. These retainers are removable and are required to be worn as instructed to ensure positive results.

The orthodontic treatment and the retentions can vary from patient to patient. However, it is important to remember that retention is a lifetime process. Seeking the help of an orthodontist will not only ensure that you a successful orthodontic treatment, but also give you a reason to smile more and be a happy and positive person.

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