Orthodontics is a sub-specialty of dentistry that deals with the alignment of teeth and jaws. It offers a primary solution to common cosmetic problems such as crowded teeth, crooked teeth and gaps, and a secondary one to certain health problems.
So, what should necessitate a trip to the orthodontist?
When you have undesirable gaps between your teeth
Most people with gaps may not feel confident about their smile and may wish to have that fixed. This does not make it entirely a cosmetic concern. Gaps can cause adjacent teeth to gradually collapse into each other and inflict bigger misalignment problems on you.
Orthodontics has several solutions for you in treatments such as bonding, veneers, crowns, and braces.
When your teeth are crowded
Crowding happens when all your teeth cannot be accommodated on your jaw in a straight alignment. It can be quite unsightly but that’s not all there is to it. Crowding causes teeth cleaning difficulties and may pose a threat to the health of your gums and teeth.
Orthodontists are able to treat this problem using braces, tooth reshaping, and surgeries, with the procedure employed depending on the type and severity of your case.
When you have a bite problem
Overbites, underbites, and other bite problems are all causes of malocclusion. Occlusion problems can be quite detrimental to your smile and facial structure and may grow irreversible if left unattended for too long. Your orthodontist may recommend one between braces, surgery, headgear and tooth reshaping after evaluating the circumstances surrounding your problem.
Your orthodontic problem is treatable
Technology in orthodontics has advanced immensely over the years, and now virtually every orthodontic problem has a solution.