If you are embarrassed due to your crooked teeth and resist smiling even when you want to or cover your mouth with your hand, then you need to visit an orthodontist.
Orthodontists are dentists who get specialized training in making teeth move by treating malocclusion, or a “bad bite.” They can help you restore straighten teeth and a healthy smile by realigning crooked teeth.
What does an orthodontist do?
At first, they use braces, trays that are also called aligners, and other gadgets like headgear, which fixes around the head or neck to put on more force to support the teeth to move. Retainers are used to hold your teeth in place.
Why visit an orthodontist?
Orthodontics is usually seen as a treatment to straighten teeth, but it is not so. It checks all the essential factors that fit the bite together at the end of the procedure.
If you have teeth that are crooked or crowded or have an overbite and underbite, then it can cause tooth decay, gum disease, or even loss of a tooth. The reason behind it is the overlapping teeth that are hard to clean. If you face a problem while chewing and talking, then it might be due to a bad bite.
How is the patient examined before the treatment?
In the first place, the orthodontist uses a panoramic X-ray to get a full-mouth view, including photographs, and the medical history of the patient. The dentist then checks how wide a patient can open their mouth. The dentist examines if there’s any jaw muscle tenderness or clicking, which denotes grinding. The protrusion is also observed along with the teeth crowding.
What are the types of braces?
Traditional Braces:Metal braces are ubiquitous and cost-effective. Nowadays, metal braces are quite satisfactory, and appealing than what it used to be. Even now, these braces stay as one of the most popular types of braces.
Lingual Braces:These braces are usually set behind the upper or the lower teeth. Lingual braces are called “invisible braces.” The brackets and archwire are virtually unnoticeable as they are placed behind your teeth. It lets you look normal for the duration of your treatment.
Clear Braces: It isn’t necessary to have braces that have got perceivable metal brackets and wires. They are referred to as “Ceramic Braces” because of the clear braces that are made of transparent material and are hardly noticeable.
Invisalign:The aligners are made of plastic or acrylic material to fit the teeth perfectly. They can be removed while eating and brushing. The treatment goes for weeks as the aligners are changed every few weeks. This is the perfect and new way to bring your teeth to the desired position.
Find out more about orthodontics as you visit our office. Call Sun-Park Dental today at (916) 435-1155 or request an appointment online.