The Importance of Orthodontics
At Egger Orthodontics, some of our patients ask about what the difference is between regular dentistry and orthodontics. If you have ever had crooked or irregular teeth, orthodontics is the field of dentistry that is tasked with putting them into their proper place. Since ancient times, the perfect smile has been a priority that orthodontists specialize in achieving. For those patients who have overbite, underbite, open bite, and more, our orthodontists are trained to help them reach more normal tooth positions and, by extension, to enable better dental health.
Why See An Orthodontist Over A Dentist?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), a dentist treats a patient’s overall oral health. This is a broad assignment that lets them help you attend to cavities, oral hygiene problems, and mild gum disease. By contrast, the AAO states that orthodontists specialize in moving the teeth and aligning the jaws. This is an important focus that average dentists lack the training for. Our orthodontists have special treatments and tools that general dentist practitioners do not have access to.
Common Issues That Orthodontists Address
There are many conditions that our orthodontists are tasked with helping with. If you have an underbite or overbite, where your teeth are too far forward or behind their opposites, then you should call us to make an appointment with one of our orthodontists. If you have any gaps or spaces between your teeth, our orthodontists have the skills necessary to help you close them. Orthodontics is a vital field of dentistry that lets our patients fix problems like crowding that they would not otherwise be able to.
The Essential Tools Of An Orthodontist
The specialized appliances of our orthodontists can help make tooth alignment issues a problem of the past for you. Traditional braces are the most commonly known tool, consisting of bands, brackets, and wires that are gradually adjusted to move your teeth into their proper position. Removable retainers can be placed on the roof of your mouth to stop teeth from returning to an undesirable position. Removable aligners can serve the same purpose as braces but with much more flexibility and visual clarity. With these instruments and more, our orthodontists will help bring your teeth to the spot best for you and your oral health.
Why Orthodontists Are Necessary
The proper alignment of your teeth is incredibly important, and not only for one’s aesthetic preferences. Plaque, the food particles, and bacteria that forms in your mouth over time can be especially hard to remove if your teeth are not correctly aligned. If you lack a normal bite, you can suffer from additional wear and tear on your teeth. Orthodontic treatment permits you to reach every nook and cranny in your mouth that, if not attended to, can be detrimental to your long term dental health.
Whether the patient is an adult or child, orthodontics is an essential field of dentistry that enables you to overcome any tooth alignment problem that you face now or in the future. If you are interested and believe that an orthodontic appointment could be the right choice for you, call us today at 425.270.1616.
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