How Orthodontics Can Straighten You Out
Oral Health and Oral Hygiene
Orthodontics is a big word that encompasses a wide range of issues in the world of dentistry. The main objective of the orthodontist is working to solve issues with jaws and teeth positioning. Teeth that aren’t straight can cause long-term effects to the teeth and gums if not treated. This is mainly due to the fact that crooked teeth are difficult to clean and in some cases it leads to tooth decay and eventually teeth falling out. Jaw strain, headaches and neck, back and shoulder pain can all happen if crooked teeth are not fixed. Your local dentist Westborough can refer you to an orthodontist if it’s necessary.
An orthodontist can treat improperly placed teeth such as overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites. These conditions result when the teeth do not line up properly when the mouth is closed. Crowding issues are also addressed when there is too many teeth and not enough space in the mouth. Addressing these issues right away is an affordable way to ensure you don’t have larger issues in the future.
Do you need an orthodontist?
If you have teeth that are crooked or not aligned properly you may be a candidate for an orthodontist appointment. Your first appointment will typically consist of X-rays and plaster models being made of your teeth and a dental and clinical assessment so the orthodontist can determine the best treatment for you. Your local dental office will be happy to set up an appointment for you.
Orthodontists are widely known for the work they do with braces. This type of treatment is considered ‘fixed’ as it can only be removed by the orthodontist. There are also ‘removable’ options for treatments such as; aligners, space maintainers, retainers, jaw splints, palatal expanders and devices that protect the lip and cheeks from touching the teeth.
An appointment with an orthodontist at your local dental clinic can lead to large smiles! Self-esteem issues and being afraid to smile are two issues that people with crooked teeth sometimes face. An orthodontist can straighten out the teeth and get you smiling again.