Orthodontist – How Can They Help?

Have you or your friends ever had braces as a child? Well, the doctor who put the braces would be an orthodontist.

Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry; one that requires more specialization. If you are looking to become an orthodontist, you need to finish your dentistry courses first, and then be able to specialize in orthodontia.

The Top Reasons You Need to Go To An Orthodontist

Orthodontics can help treat a variety of problems related to the teeth or jaws. But apart from correcting crooked teeth and giving you the perfect smile they can also help in a number of other complications too.

Teeth alignment

This kind of orthodontic treatment is necessary for crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps in the teeth, when teeth do not meet or when they affect the face structure. Crooked teeth and crowded teeth are treated with the help of fixed or removable brace.

The treatment would depend on the severity of the problem. Removable braces are used in cases when there are minor corrections needed.  Cases where the teeth do not meet result in bite problems.  This problem also puts a strain on the jaw. When teeth are not developed normally, they might affect the face structure. Orthodontics also helps to correct this problem.

Jaw Pain

Orthodontics also helps relieve jaw pain which in medical terms is called TMJ or temporomandibular joint pain. TMJ pain can be a result of jaw clenching, teeth grinding, stressful life or old age.

The symptoms include pain in the jaws or some tenderness, headaches, jaw joint locking, facial pain, pain around the ears or difficulty in chewing. All this occurs because the jaw has become misaligned. Through, orthodontic treatment the jaw can be realigned, and the problem solved.

Gum disease

Orthodontics treatment and gum disease have a very peculiar relationship. Some orthodontic problems if not treated on time can lead to gum disease. But orthodontic treatments like braces can compound a gum problem.

Food particles get stuck in the braces causing decay and worsening gum swelling and bleeding. That said if proper oral hygiene is maintained during orthodontics treatment then chances of such a problem is minimized.

Sleep problems

Misaligned jaws and teeth affect the facial structure and respiratory tract size. This leads to disturbed breathing during sleep resulting in sleep loss or sleep apnoea. Orthodontics helps align the teeth and jaw thereby not only improving facial structure but also clearing the airways of any obstructions. This helps the person to breathe normally while sleeping or laying down. With normal breathing attained the person is able to sleep better.

In case you suffer from any of the above problems, seek advice from an orthodontist immediately as delaying treatment in such cases only worsens the problem and can cause long-term issues.