In addition to general dentistry, your orthodontist has additional training in the alignment of teeth and jaws. This specialized education received during another two to three years of schooling grants them their title “orthodontist.” Your dentist may recommend seeing an orthodontist if they notice problems with your teeth or a bite that bothers you enough to interfere with your daily life. This means that one of your regular checkups may result in needing to see a specialist rather than your dentist. At Smile Orthodontics, braces are the most common treatment prescribed by orthodontists. However, these experts can often treat several other problems patients face with their smiles. They may also be able to provide preventive treatments such as braces for young children to prevent issues from ever arising in the future. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified to treat malocclusions or issues with tooth alignment and jaw growth. These specialists can treat problems that you may be facing with your smile to improve your overall facial appearance and oral function.
What Conditions Do Orthodontists Treat?
An orthodontist treats misaligned teeth, jaws, and overcrowded or widely spaced teeth. Treatment plans are customized to each patient’s needs and will help increase the production of saliva, which helps prevent cavities and other oral health issues. Learning about good oral hygiene practices at an early age is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums for life.
Orthodontics also benefits the patient’s self-esteem and confidence. Misaligned teeth or jaws can lead to problems with eating or speaking properly, and wearing uncomfortable metal braces can compromise a patient’s faith. A consultation with an orthodontist can help patients understand all available treatment options.
Traditional Metal Braces
Braces are secured to the teeth and connected with a wire that runs through them to move them into position. Metal braces are often chosen for durability, and patients can add colored rubber bands to their braces for a fun look during treatment.
Ceramic braces function similarly to traditional metal braces, but they are made to match the color of the teeth and are less noticeable. They may be a good choice for image-conscious teens or adults not wanting the look of metal braces.
These self-ligating braces use a unique tie-less bracket system that does not require elastics or metal rings to hold the archwire in place. This makes them more comfortable than traditional braces and causes less friction on the teeth.
For another option for adults who want a more discreet option, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays that are custom-made to fit over the teeth and gently move them into place.
Orthodontists can offer professional recommendations to help you move forward with treatment to restore your smile and improve your dental health. For the best dental treatment, contact Smile Orthodontics at 530 39th St, Des Moines 50312, or call (515) 274-4637.