At Egger Orthodontics, our orthodontists receive the highest quality training so that they can serve your every need when it comes to tooth realignments and your dental health. There are occasions, though, when referring to the skills and expertise of multiple different specialists can better address a problem that you face. While seeing our orthodontists might be the first part of your plan, collaborating with your general dentist and other experts can make for an even more helpful and diverse treatment. This use of different specialists to assist with your orthodontic issue is known as interdisciplinary orthodontics.
Benefits Of Interdisciplinary Orthodontics
Is Interdisciplinary Orthodontics Right For Me?
If you are not sure whether you need a more comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment beyond what our orthodontists can do for you, the best way to find out is by coming into our office for an appointment. Through an in-depth evaluation, we can determine the most appropriate treatment for your needs and aesthetic goals. This can involve diagnostic steps such as imaging tests and an oral examination. With this information in hand, our orthodontists can begin determining the best treatment plan for you along with an estimated timeline for when it can be completed.
What Are The First Steps Of Interdisciplinary Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment of all types often addresses your tooth alignment issues by preparing you to use traditional braces or Invisalign. If this is the case, we may recommend pre-restorative orthodontics as a first step. This can involve improving your bite through the use of fillings, crowns, or veneers, which your general dentist can assist you with. Another option may require the use of a periodontal specialist if you suffer from missing teeth or have gum and bone concerns.
Next Steps In Interdisciplinary Orthodontics
Surgical orthodontics can sometimes be recommended depending on your dental needs. Because our orthodontists want to give you the best possible foundation for an optimal smile, surgery can be a useful tool for addressing jaw misalignment, breathing problems, and periodontal concerns. The range of possible treatments can vary widely given how all-encompassing interdisciplinary orthodontics can be. Once you complete your evaluation appointment, we will comprehensively cover all the choices that will be best for you.
Because adults have often developed more severe oral problems over time, it can be necessary to have a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary treatment plan. However, patients of all ages can still benefit. As dentistry has become more mixed in with your overall health, there has been increased scrutiny on issues such as a clear airway, tongue positioning, and sleep apnea. If these are concerns that you may have, then working with a team of diverse medical providers and speech therapists can provide the best possible care for you.
All of the staff members are consistently friendly and warm! They are wonderful with children (even the little sister that wanted to closely watch)! Dr. Egger and her staff are very gentle, knowledgeable and professional and spend quality time educating patients and family. We feel like we are getting excellent care!
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