WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIST?
Orthodontists are dental professionals who have 2-3 additional years of Orthodontic residency beyond a general dentist. They have the technical training, skills and experience to treat orthodontic problems caused by misaligned teeth and jaw or bite issues needing orthodontic intervention. Their focus is to restore healthy oral function and prevent damage to healthy teeth.
WHY IS ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IMPORTANT?
Orthodontic treatment ensures proper function of teeth and jaws, helping to create a healthy, beautiful and stable smile. It often aids in the maintenance of good oral health. Teeth that are crooked or crowded are harder to clean and maintain, which can cause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel and lead to additional oral health problems.
WHAT CAUSES ORTHODONTIC PROBLEMS?
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Inherited orthodontic issues include crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, or jaw growth problems. Others can be a result of thumb or finger-sucking, dental disease, accidents, or the early or late loss of baby teeth.