Improper Teeth Positioning? Visit an Orthodontist
Dental care procedures are just not limited to root canal, gums care, fillings, crown, teeth whitening, dentures, or simple braces done by a dentist. Sometimes you may need more specialized treatment in case like mostly improper positioned teeth and faulty jawline, a condition which is also known as malocclusion. Here the role of orthodontist comes in to whom you may also be referred by your dentist.
Orthodontists specialize in treating improper teeth positioning, which results in an improper bite and other problems.
Orthodontics does not only mean treating with different types of braces. An orthodontist can correct the wrong position of your teeth and also ensure future right development of teeth in case of children. They cure the symptoms and side-effects occurring due to malocclusion. He/she can treat conditions such as crowded, overlapping teeth, improper jaw growth, tooth or jaw deformity due to an accident or tooth development problem. Moreover, they ensure aligned teeth and jaws that make good smiles and keep your teeth healthy.
Side-effects of improper positioned teeth
Improper positioned teeth or malocclusion can result in improper bites, crowded teeth, speech problems, sleep apnea, snoring, breathing issues, or crooked smile. In many, it can be a cause of low self-esteem too.
Right age to visit an orthodontist
There is no age limit to visit an orthodontist for the treatment but earlier the better. Not only it will bring better treatment results but also take lesser time and be less expensive to treat the disorder.
As the growth of permanent teeth starts in children, mostly after seven years of age, visit the orthodontist in case of uneven growth. Some orthodontists prefer 10-11 years as ideal age to start the treatment. It is better to visit as early as possible to control the condition and avoid further complications.
Teenagers and adults can get treated for improper aligned teeth too. However, for adults the treatment will be longer and expensive.
Based on your type and severity of malocclusion, he/she may recommend various treatments methods. The treatment time may vary based on your age and condition but it takes as long as over a year. Below are the treatment options your orthodontist may suggest:
- Dental braces, aligners, splints etc., to correct the position of the teeth
- Teeth removal to treat overcrowded condition
- Use retainers, plates or wires to stabilize the jaw bone
- Teeth reshaping
- Jaw surgery