If you were asked what an orthodontist does, you could probably give a pretty good answer. Even so, there are plenty of myths and misunderstandings about when you need an orthodontist, who they serve, and how they can help you. Here’s a quick look at some expert tips that will teach you what you need to know about orthodontic care.
Crooked teeth are more common than you think
Looking around you, especially at the faces in advertising and media, it’s easy to believe that there are lots of people with naturally straight smiles. The truth is, most don’t. Our teeth do a lot of work from the very beginning of our lives. A combination of daily wear, genetics, injuries, bad habits, and less than stellar oral hygiene quickly leads most people to a need for orthodontic care. Those teeth you’re seeing in movies have likely been lovingly shaped by -- you guessed it -- an orthodontist.
Orthodontics isn’t just about straight teeth
It’s easy to think that all orthodontists do is give you a beautiful smile. And that’s definitely a big part of what we do! But orthodontics is so much more than just braces and straight teeth. Orthodontic care can also improve your gum health, strengthen and shape your jaw, and even improve your overall physical health.
When in doubt, schedule an appointment
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children see an orthodontist by the time they are seven years old. This allows your child’s orthodontist to be proactive about potential oral health problems before the jaw is done growing.
If you have any concerns about your orthodontic appearance or comfort, it’s always best to schedule an appointment. This is true regardless of whether or not you or your child have been seen before. Your orthodontist can address your concerns and help you determine your next steps.
It’s never too late for orthodontic care
When you think of braces or retainers, you probably imagine an awkward middle schooler or teen. In reality, orthodontic care can begin at any point after adult teeth are present. According to the AAO, 1 in every 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. If you suffer from continuing jaw problems or have missing or crooked teeth, a visit to the orthodontist could set you on the road to the smile you’ve always wanted.
Say goodbye to the braces of yesteryear
Orthodontic technology has come a long way in a short time! There are a wide variety of braces and other appliances, and they are designed to be more comfortable than the former versions. Of course, treatments vary and the recommendation of your orthodontist could include anything from a simple retainer to surgery. Regardless of your situation, we are committed to working with you to find the best treatment plan for your life and budget.
At James Karpac Orthodontics, we are committed to full care orthodontics. We will give you the best care and up-to-date treatment possible. Hopefully these expert tips will help you consider how we can best serve you and your family.