While going through that drastic transformation from childhood to adulthood, your facial appearance and smile maybe some of the factors to worry about. We understand the phase of transition is not simple and as parents, you'd want your child to have the best orthodontic care. The easiest way your teenage child can experience a happy and healthy smile would be to visit an orthodontist as early as possible.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that solely deals with correcting misalignments and malocclusions of teeth. Crooked teeth are usually harder to maintain as compared to straight teeth as the former would tend to apply extra stress on the muscles of the mouth leading to other complications such as headaches, TMJ symptoms, neck, and shoulder pain. Early orthodontic care is essential as it'd help you achieve a healthy and pleasing smile. An orthodontist is a dentist who has received two-three years of extra training and expertise beyond their four of dental school education.
Early Orthodontic Care
Interceptive or early orthodontic care is generally meant for children and begins as early as the age of six or seven. This can do a lot for the child's oral health as the orthodontic care can prove to a lot effective when the jaw is still in the stage of development. Early orthodontic care can also mean less treatment in the years to come.
When To See An Orthodontist?
Routine examinations of the oral cavity can determine whether the patient would need to start orthodontic treatment. The general dentist can tell based on the images from the digital X-rays, results of the patient's clinical exams, and medical history.
Common Orthodontic Problems
- Overbite: A condition when the upper jaw is more prominent and the lower jaw sits behind.
- Underbite: A dental condition where the lower jaw protrudes more than the upper jaw.
- Crossbite: A dental condition where the upper and lower jaw don't unite together and misses in alignment
- Open bite: A dental condition where there is space between the biting surfaces of the front or back teeth.
- Crowding: A dental condition where teeth become overcrowded as the dental ridge is unable to accommodate them.
There are several types of orthodontic appliances (removable and non-removable) that can help to correct your dental condition.
Non-removable dental appliances would include braces, retainers, and special fixed appliances.
Removable dental appliances would include aligners, space maintainers, palatal expanders, headgears, and jaw repositioning appliances.
Help us understand more about your orthodontic condition by visiting our practice. Call our office at (408) 822-9439 or request an appointment online.