Got a bad bite or a crooked smile? Then your doctor would most likely want you to meet an orthodontist who would in turn recommend an appropriate orthodontic treatment to sort out the issue.
Usually used to treat or correct a condition called malocclusion (also referred as ‘bad bite’), orthodontic treatment helps to correct crowded, crooked, protruding or irregularly spaced teeth and jaw problems.
Apart from just correcting the physical appearance, orthodontic treatment also helps to improve overall dental health in more ways than one.
How To Treat Orthodontic And Braces
The condition called malocclusion deals with a bad bite that arises when the teeth are not properly aligned although they may appear to be so. The uneven bite could be caused by teeth that are spaced at irregular intervals, protrude at uneven angles, are crowded or are crooked.
The condition may arise as a result of hereditary issues, premature loss of teeth, thumb sucking or even accidents. In all these cases, an appropriate orthodontic treatment would help align the teeth properly in addition to aligning the upper and lower jaws in order to provide an even bite. And usually, the best form of treatment that is prescribed for adults and children alike is orthodontic braces.
Braces and Physical Appearance
Braces are considered as the best option when it comes to treating occlusion.
Usually used to properly move/align/position teeth in order to facilitate a proper bite, braces can provide you with much more than just a pretty smile.
Braces And Dental Health
Crooked teeth can lead to several dental problems in the form of cavities, gum diseases and several jaw related problems. Improper alignment of teeth in the mouth would lead to an improper bite which would in turn result in food particles getting stuck in between the teeth.
In addition to this, crowded teeth would be very difficult to clean, thereby resulting in tooth decay, tooth loss, gum diseases etc. And that’s not all. Braces and orthodontics can potentially help treat a series of other, more serious issues related to malocclusion.
These include speech impediments, sleep apnea (caused by heavy breathing or snoring), jaw pain, and digestion problems (arising due to chewing difficulties that leads to improperly chewed food entering the stomach) etc.
The Right Time For Braces
The sooner you take care of the issue, the better. Many people put off seeing an orthodontist for a good couple of years after the initial diagnosis on the pretext that the condition would disappear or get corrected automatically with time.
On the contrary, meeting an orthodontist at the earliest would be the best way to treat the condition. Even if you do not need braces at the moment, your doctor would prescribe a later date for the same and could possibly offer other forms of treatment to take care of the issue.
The same goes for children. Many believe that a child should be taken to see the orthodontist at the age of 6-7 years. A pre screening test at this age would help the doctor ascertain as to whether the child would need braces in the future. He/she would most probably offer a preventive treatment to correct a situation that could potentially warrant braces in the near future.
From Consultation To Fitting
Your dentist would most probably refer you to an orthodontist who would evaluate the physical structure of your facial features. He/she would also have a detailed visual evaluation of your teeth.
If the situation arises, he/she may ask for some tests to be taken. These may include the patient’s diagnostic records, reports of general health conditions and existing ailments, photographs of the teeth and facial structure, and x-rays of the teeth.
After carefully evaluating the information, the orthodontist would then prescribe the best form of treatment for you which may or may not include braces. If however, he/she feels braces are necessary, he/she would set an appropriate date for the fitting session.
Once the braces are fitted, he/she would explain in detail about important factors like dental and oral hygiene with braces. He/she would also probably ask you to visit a couple of times after the fitting session to make sure the braces remain intact and to follow up on the prescribed treatment.