Roughly translated from the Greek, orthodontics means perfect teeth. Today, people have their teeth adjusted to help ease health issues from an incorrect bite (known as malocclusion), or for better appearance (or aesthetics).
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undertaken specialist studies which takes a minimum of 8 years full time study. The main aim of the Orthodontal dentistry is to find, prevent and treat any problem associated with the alignment of teeth and jaw.
If your tooth misalignment causes you discomfort or embarrassment, orthodontics can fix the problem giving confidence, self-esteem and an attractive, welcoming smile.
Orthodontists also assist those who have TMD or Temporo Mandibular Disorder. Improving the health of the Temporo Mandibular Joint (the TMJ) is important for a wide range of health-related reasons. The jaw consists of two TMJs and issues with these joints can cause headaches and pain in the body including the neck and spine.
Orthodontic repair of your incorrect bite can help you to chew food better, aiding your digestion with spin-off benefits in improved posture and movement.
It is good to test your jaw alignment as a misalignment could be the cause of other health issues including bad sleep patterns, breathing difficulties and snoring.
One of the practices in orthodontics is the use of corrective devices, with braces being the most common one to help bring jaws and the teeth into a proper alignment.
Please contact the staff at Dental Suite to discuss any questions you may have regarding tooth and jaw alignment.