Orthodontics is a specialty in the field of dentistry that is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and correction of dental deformities or misalignments that involve the jawbone and the teeth. If you have jaw and tooth irregularities, it is best for you to see a dentist who is also an orthodontist.
An orthodontist knows how to provide the necessary corrective procedures for optimum oral health, so the mouth and teeth open and close properly and without unevenness. Teeth that are aligned are able to chew food properly, the jaws of aligned teeth do not cause pain due to misalignment upon closure, and the patient feels more confident when smiling.
What Can an Orthodontist Do for Me?
The major benefits of orthodontics include the following:
Prevention of Overcrowded Teeth
With overcrowding of the teeth, there is an improper distribution of bite force. This can cause dental and oral issues in the future, such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). Additionally, your teeth will be more prone to cracking, breaking, and chipping. With orthodontic repair and alignment, your teeth will be stronger and resistant to injury.
Proper Alignment of the Teeth and Jaw
Orthodontists specialize in alignment issues of the teeth and jaw using metal braces, retainers, and invisible braces or Invisalign. With normal teeth positioning, you are able to bite, chew, talk, and clean your teeth properly, all of which benefits your oral health.
Prevention of Jawbone Problems
Did you know that teeth overcrowding and overbite/underbite issues can compromise jawbone health, not to mention that it can also affect how you chew and speak? When your jawbone is compromised, your teeth will also suffer. Your jawbone is the structure that holds all of your teeth in place and provides the hinge capability for talking and eating.
Reduction of Strain on Jaw Muscles
The aforementioned overbite and underbite issues cause the jaw muscles and joints to adapt with movements and positions that are not normal or natural. With orthodontic repair, your jaw muscles can relax and work the way they are supposed to, so you no longer have to subconsciously move your jaw awkwardly to chew or speak.
Increase in Self-Confidence
Having teeth that are crooked, gapped, chipped, or pitted will make you less likely to smile and say cheese. Having a smile full of straight, bright white teeth will give you much more confidence about yourself, so you no longer have to grin with a closed-mouth smile.
Orthodontic Services in Plantation, Florida
Dr. Ernie Soto’s dental team specializes in family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Zoom whitening, and orthodontics. With our advanced training and years of experience in orthodontic dentistry, we can get you smiling again without feeling embarrassed – and chewing normally without having jaw pain.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Soto’s dental clinic, call our orthodontic experts today at (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment via our online form. Our goal is to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile you can be proud of!