Why See an Orthodontist?
Most patients see orthodontics as just straightening the teeth, but one of the most important factors is the way the bite fits together at the end of the treatment.
Crooked or crowded teeth, as well as overbites and under bites, can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
That’s because overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean. A bad bite can also cause problems when chewing and talking. Not to mention excessive tooth wear and TMJ problems from grinding and clenching.
Orthodontics has come a long way over the years. Primitive but well-designed orthodontic appliances have been found with Greek and Etruscan artifacts.
When to go see an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than age 7, even if there are no apparent problems. That’s because the jaw is still developing and it’s best to catch issues early. An orthodontist is trained to detect both skeletal and dental discrepancies well before they may become obvious. When treated early, optimal results are more readily achieved.