What Is An Orthodontist?
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What does an orthodontist do?
Orthodontists aim to prevent misaligned teeth and correct teeth that have already become misaligned. Orthodontists also correct alignment issues with the jaw. Teeth and jaw alignment issues can cause a wide range of issues for those who have them, such as speech defects, difficulties eating, even jaw pain and poor oral hygiene.
Issues that orthodontists successfully treat include:
How do orthodontists realign teeth and jaws?
The first step to the treatment of orthodontic issues is to conduct a thorough examination of the jaw and teeth. Using digital x-rays and digital scans of the teeth we can begin to build a treatment plan. We will make sure that the patient fully understands the treatment plan and the timeline estimates before beginning treatment.
Clear AlignersThese are transparent, removable orthodontic appliances made of a plastic polymer used to align teeth instead of adhering brackets/braces to the teeth. These can be used in simple and complex cases, as well. Only your experienced orthodontist is qualified to determine if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment.
Dental BracesThe most common form of teeth alignment is dental braces. Braces are made of brackets that are affixed to each tooth and archwires that run between all of the brackets. The archwire is usually held in place by small rubber bands. Brackets are typically made of metal or ceramic.
Headgear and FacemasksThese devices are used to correct both jaw and teeth alignment issues, in growing patients. Where braces can push, and pull teeth using other teeth as anchors, headgear, and facemasks allow an anchor outside of the mouth with which to exact pressure on the teeth and jaw allowing us more control over where they end up.
RetainersRetainers are placed on teeth that have undergone realignment and must be kept in place. Teeth can drift back into their original locations if retainers are not used.
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