Even wondered who orthodontists are?
Don’t worry. You are not alone.
Most people, who have never experienced orthodontic problems, do not know who orthodontists are. For them, everything related to teeth is handled by a dentist. This however, isn’t true. Dentists are medical practitioners who handle most dental cases including dental problems such as tooth pain, root canal problem, etc. Orthodontists are also dentists, who are specialists in teeth alignment. They are professionals who can ‘move your teeth’ i.e. they can correct your misaligned teeth, straighten them, and improve your smile. So, if you have a badly shaped or improperly shaped jaw structure, you must consult an Orthodontist Sydney and not a dentist.
Here are some signs that indicate that you should specifically consult an Orthodontist like us.
- Your upper teeth hang over your lower teeth and you are unable to close your lips properly due to them.
- When you bite, your upper teeth go behind your lower teeth, making it difficult for you to chew your food.
- If your jaw bone is shaped in such as way that your upper teeth and lower teeth don’t touch when you bite, you should consult an orthodontist.
- You have crowded and/or overlapped teeth.
- If you are unable to chew your food properly.
- If the spacing between your teeth is more than normal.
A dentist may be able to help you but if you want effective treatment, you must consult the specialists.
WHEN SHOULD YOU VISIT AN ORTHODONTIST?
There is no specific age when you should visit an orthodontist. If your teeth are not aligned properly and are interfering with the way you talk, eat, and look, you must book your consultation right away. The best time to decide if a person needs orthodontic treatment is when he is about 7 year old. You must take your children and teens for an orthodontic consultation as soon as they feel comfortable. In case they require aligners, talk to them about it. Any age is a good age to use aligners but the sooner you do, the easier it will for them. As they grow, they will start feeling bad about their dental shape and might start feeling less confident about their looks. This is the reason why most orthodontists recommend parents to get their children’s teeth aligned at an early age.
If your teeth aren’t aligned and you hate the conventional braces that make you look odd, ask your orthodontist about Invisalign. These clear and almost invisible braces are highly effective and have many added advantage over the conventional ones. Contact us for more details.
DENTAL CONSULTATION WHILE UNDERGOING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
Dental problems are different from orthodontic problems. If you are already undergoing orthodontic treatment and are facing dental trouble, speak to your orthodontist first. He will evaluate your condition and, if required, will refer you to a dentist. Even if you are not facing dental problems, do not skip your regular check up every six months. Dental check up is very important for maintaining oral hygiene even when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
We hope this blog educates you about the importance of an orthodontist. If you need orthodontic treatment, book your appointment with us at 02 8036 2411.