What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.
What is an Orthodontist?
An Orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has not only graduated as a dentist but has returned to university for post-graduate training on a full time basis. Post-graduate training lasts a minimum of 24 consecutive months and quite often will last in excess of 36 months for those dedicated to extensive research projects. Your orthodontist will work one on one with you and your dentist to provide you with the best treatment plan to suit your needs.
Why Choose an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are the most highly trained specialist in the field of orthodontics. They are trained in a wide range of orthodontic techniques and are therefore in the best position to provide optimal care to treat orthodontic problems.
What is Involved in Orthodontic Treatment?
Your orthodontic treatment could include:
- Removable appliances/retainers
- Full or partial inside or outside braces
- Properly timed serial extractions
- Clear aligners
- Functional appliances which are removable appliances utilized in growing individuals to balance facial profiles.
- Orthodontics with surgery
When is the Best Time to Schedule and Initial Consultation?
Early consultation allows the orthodontist to determine the optimum time for treatment to begin. In some cases, satisfactory results are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing. Seven years old is a good rule of thumb for a child unless you see a noticeable problem earlier. Early examination often permits maximum improvement earlier before all the adult teeth have erupted.