Responsibilities Entailed In An Orthodontist
Orthodontics is a kind of dental specialty that is dealing with the alignment of teeth as well as jaws that are positioned incorrectly. It helps in improving the appearance of the teeth and also, its functionality and healthy when the procedure is done. An orthodontist is one who specializes in orthodontics.
Orthodontics treatment on the other hand is a method to straighten/move non-aligned teeth and augment both of its appearance as well as functionality. The dental professional will choose the most suitable treatment for your situation. It is their job to diagnose, prevent and treat irregularities in your oral health.
It is undeniable that non-aligned and crooked teeth are quite difficult to clean and because of that, they are more vulnerable to losses mainly because of periodontal diseases and even dental caries. In addition to that, having such problem may put more strain and stress on the chewing muscles that can potentially lead to shoulder, head, back and neck pain while at times, TMJ disorders.
If you are experiencing such issue already, then the best possible way that you can do is going to an orthodontist. Before starting to work on fixing your teeth, they will first assess its current condition. By using various diagnostic tools such as photographs, x-rays, clinical exams and even plaster models, your orthodontist will learn whether you can undergo the treatment or not.
In addition to that, if you have conditions similar to the following, then rest assure that you’ll be a perfect candidate for orthodontic treatment.
Number 1. Underbite – if the lower part of your teeth stick out of or perhaps, the front one is too far back, then you have an underbite.
Number 2. Overbite – much like, it is just the opposite of underbite.
Number 3. Open bite – if there is an open slot in your biting surfaces, then you have open bite.
Number 4. Spacing – generally speaking, if you have gaps and spaces between teeth, it has to be corrected.
Number 5. Crowding – in case that you got more teeth than normal for the dental ridge to accommodate, it should be fixed.
Number 6. Crossbite – this happen when your teeth’s upper portion doesn’t come down in front of the lower teeth.
Number 7. Misplaced midline – simply, these are just lower and upper molars that are misaligned.
The way an orthodontist performs orthodontic treatment demands several tools and devices to retain oral muscles and help the teeth to move with your jaws. Either it is removable (aligners, removable space maintainers, jaw repositioning appliances, palatal expander etc.) or fixed (braces, special fixed appliances and fixed space maintainers), these should be done by putting pressure on your jaws or teeth. Keep in mind that experienced and seasoned orthodontist can make use of these appliances and effectively do the treatment.