Straight and healthy teeth not only giving you a good-looking smile, but also can help you to avoid chipping of the surfaces of the teeth. Crooked teeth make chewing difficult and put too much pressure on your gums, thus destroying them. Severe orthodontic conditions may cause misalignment of the joints of your jaws. This may lead to neck pains and headaches. Orthodontists are able to treat such types of orthodontic conditions. The end results are always satisfactory and make a patient’s life much easier and better.
I. Who Is An Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are dental professional who are more specialized than the normal dentist. Orthodontists are registered as orthodontic specialists. To be fully registered, orthodontists first need to complete a bachelor’s degree in dentistry. They are then supposed to pursue and complete a Masters degree in orthodontics. The post graduate degree takes three years to complete. When they complete this degree, they are skilled enough in diagnosing, treating and preventing conditions that involve alignment of teeth and jaws.
II. Treatable Conditions
Orthodontists can perfectly treat many dental conditions through special orthodontic treatments. These conditions include:
- under bites
- Protruding upper teeth
- Missing teeth
- cross bites
- Impacted teeth
- Space between teeth
- Open bites
There are numerous treatment options that work effectively to correct crooked teeth:
- Invisalign treatment includes uniquely designing of clear aligners for a patient. These are worn over the teeth to align crooked teeth. Administration of this treatment requires the attention of an experienced Invisalign practitioner. Such practitioners would offer the best services because of their experience.
- Lingual braces are an option for patients who have tried Invisalign treatment but the results were not satisfactory. These are placed behind the teeth. They gently apply pressure on to teeth while moving them to the right position. These braces are hidden behind teeth thus making them difficult to be noticed by other people.
- The Accelent treatment is meant for patients who want faster treatment. It cuts down the length needed for treatment by up to half. This treatment applies greater orthodontic pressure than is normally applied by regular and Invisalign braces.
III. Treatment Process
Treatment starts on the first day a patient visits the orthodontic specialist. During this visit, a thorough examination of the teeth is carried out to establish the type of treatment a patient requires. The time span and cost of treatment are also established. X-rays and photographs of the patient’s teeth are taken for further examinations. After getting all these results, a treatment plan is then developed.
There are many medical techniques used in orthodontic treatment. With recent technological advancement, orthodontists have now advanced to the use of 3D scanning systems to get images of patients’ teeth. This method helps orthodontists organize treatment plans for their patients, especially patients undergoing/experiencing Invisalign treatment. Patients can obviously/clearly see how their teeth look at each stage of treatment. Such patients also get to see images of how their teeth will look even before treatment begins.