Many people are under the impression that dentists and orthodontists are the same. Although the two professions have certain similarities, orthodontists are specialists that deal with specific types of dental problems. Dentists, on the other hand, deal with multiple parts of the body such as the mouth, jaw, gums and teeth. Simply put, the priority of an orthodontist is straightening and properly aligning the teeth and jaws.
Problems such as misaligned jaws, crooked teeth, overcrowded mouths and occlusions are prevalent in the United States. According to studies, only 35% of adults have properly aligned mandibular incisors and approximately 20% of the population has deviations from the ideal bite relationship.
Still, there are some people who never need to see an orthodontist; if you are one of those, lucky you! But if you’re not, you need to know exactly what’s in store for you. Here are some signs that indicate that you need to visit your orthodontist.
There are several signs which indicate that your child requires orthodontic care: some of them are apparent while some are not. If your child has overcrowded teeth that are spaced far apart, it’s an obvious sign that they need orthodontic treatment. Furthermore, if your child has problems chewing their food, it could mean there’s a problem with the size of the jaw and its best to take your child to an orthodontist.
It’s recommended to take your child to an orthodontist by the age of seven so any obscure bite or jaw problems can be diagnosed. Orthodontists take comprehensive exams to determine such problems. This includes X-rays of the skull, teeth and jaws. The orthodontist then may suggest treatments that can correct these early bite or jaw problems. These treatments are generally spread over a period of time and may carry on into the teenage years if required.
If you’re a teenager, having crooked teeth is an obvious sign that you need orthodontic treatment. Moreover, if your teeth are widely spaced, or they are extremely close to each other, it's highly recommended that you visit an orthodontist.
Most teenagers don’t get braces because they are afraid of getting bullied at school. However, now there are innovative treatments such as Invisalign, which are just as effective as braces but do not contain any noticeable materials. With Invisalign, no one will call you “metal-mouth” or “brace-face”.
Orthodontic solutions, such as braces, are commonly seen on children and teens and it's a common myth that once you reach adulthood, it’s too late to get orthodontic care. This is a misconception.
The number of adults getting orthodontic treatment is increasing exponentially and it appears that people are waking up to the fact that it's never too late to seek orthodontic care. Furthermore, with the emergence of clear plastic aligners, more and more adults are getting orthodontic treatments to improve their smiles.
If you are an adult and have difficulties eating, it could mean that your teeth or jaws are misaligned. People who have had misaligned jaws and teeth for a long period of time are prone to develop difficulties chewing food. This leads to digestive problems.
If you feel that you, your child or your teen are in need of orthodontic care, call Image Dental & Orthodontics, one of the best cosmetic dentists in Las Vegas. Call 702-803-1787 to schedule an appointment.