What are orthodontic treatments?
Orthodontic treatments straightens your teeth so they appear more attractive and function more effectively. In many cases the patient wears braces or other appliances that are employed to apply gentle pressure on your teeth. The constant push that’s exerted over a number of months or years can move mountains, and can certainly move teeth into another position. An orthodontist is required to determine how much pressure and how much time is required to achieve the correct position.
Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.
Whether it’s traditional braces or custom made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you have the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for!
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*Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don’t fit together correctly. Malocclusions not only affect the teeth, but also the appearance of the face. Most malocclusions are inherited; however some are due to acquired habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. The spacing left from an adult tooth being extracted or an early loss of a baby tooth can also contribute to a malocclusion.
Compare Dentist vs Orthodontist
Did you know that all orthodontists are dentists? But few dentists are orthodontists. That’s because every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion of a regular dentist’s education, some graduates immediately go into practice. Others however may choose to pursue a specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two- to three-year residency program. Orthodontics is one of nine specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association.
Dentists often get some training in orthodontic treatments, at some point in their careers; they can upgrade their skills in supplementary courses at anytime. But trained orthodontists take it more seriously; they spend two to three years longer in university than dentists to become accredited as specialists.
Who Needs Orthodontic treatments?
People born with awkward bites can have a more difficult life as our appearance and how we eat our food is central to our character and personality. In this respect, people of any age can benefit from seeing an orthodontist and getting treatment. Patients that have crooked teeth, or crowded teeth, or teeth that stick out too far are affected by the way their smiles look, and the way their mouths perform masticating food and enunciating words. Orthodontic treatments not only improve the look of patients’ smiles, but also their mental and physical health. Straight teeth are easier to clean and less likely to suffer tooth decay or injury. If you are not happy with the way your teeth look or work, orthodontic treatment may help.