Do you or your children shy away from teeth-showing, broad smiles in photos? Is it because of crooked teeth? If the answer is yes, then you or your child should see an orthodontist or dentofacial orthopedic specialist. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that can correct the problem of flawed alignment of teeth and jaws by using different treatments. Orthodontics is the management of your teeth and how they move. Dentofacial orthopedics, on the other hand, manage the growth of your face and development in the early years of one’s life. Together, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics make up one of nine specialties certified by the American Dental Association.
Children: Indications That They Might Require Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedic Specialist
If your children’s teeth have any of these features, you may want to make an appointment with a specialist:
Crowded or very tight teeth
“Buck” teeth or protruding teeth
Large gaps or teeth too far apart
Any other unusual aspect of the teeth.
The results extend beyond just aesthetics; repercussions include irregular speaking, biting and chewing. The goal of an orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic care is the forming of a healthy bite in conjunction with a therapeutic plan that includes ongoing facial growth. For example, your child might require braces to train the teeth (orthodontics) and headgear to assist facial growth (dentofacial orthopedics).
Adults: When to See an Orthodontic Specialist
Teeth can move over time, and if you have an established dental problem from your childhood, then you should go to see an orthodontist. Recent technology developments and new types of treatment make it easier now to treat adult teeth. If you have teeth crowding, large gaps between your teeth, an open bite, crossbite, underbite, or overbite, there are now new forms of braces and retainers that can assist you to ensure you receive your best smile.
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