A good dentist can help establish a feasible plan for having a healthy smile. There are, however, certain issues that a dentist cannot correct. These typically pertain to the alignment of your bite, severe gaps or spaces between your teeth or the overall look and functionality of your jaw. For problems like these, you’ll need to see an orthodontist. An orthodontist specializes in the provision of custom, oral appliances for corrective overbites, under-bites, gaps between the teeth and tooth crowding.
Why See an Orthodontist?
There are countless benefits that people can gain by choosing to improve the alignment of their bites, overall tooth spacing and problems with tooth crowding. To start, properly spaced teeth are much easier to clean than are tooth structures that are positioned too closely together or overlapping. Moreover, balancing out bite forces by addressing overbites, under-bites, missing teeth and gaps can actually preserve the integrity of the natural tooth structures and extend their lifetime. When bite forces are uneven, certain tooth structures are subjected to far more pressure and stress than they’re designed to withstand. This additional stress can lead to chipping, fractures, the breakdown of tooth enamel and eventual tooth loss.
How to Know When You Need Orthodontic Care
When preparing your smile restoration plan, a dentist may find that certain cosmetic and structural issues will be best addressed via orthodontic care. For instance, if overcrowded teeth have made it difficult for you to thoroughly floss, fixing the resulting cavities will only provide a temporary solution.
In situations like this one, an experienced orthodontist can implement treatments based upon in-office examinations and the recommendations of your dentist. Our orthodontist can choose the perfect type of appliance for aligning your teeth and for ensuring that there is ample room for the effective removal of plaque, tartar and the germs that feed on these substances. This way, you’ll have a much lower likelihood of developing new cavities in the future.
Improving Your Oral Health
For most people, the absolute best oral care plan is one that includes both a dentist and an orthodontist. Seeing an orthodontist is critical for resolving gaps, crowding and other alignment issues.
Make an appointment at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics to learn more about how orthodontic care can benefit you. Located in Oak Lawn, some of our top treatments include braces and Invisalign®. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!