It’s Time to Schedule a Consultation with an Orthodontist If...Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 11:16 pm
Orthodontics, also called braces, can make a world of difference when it comes to a person’s smile. From straightening crooked teeth to fixing an overbite or jaw misalignment, braces can correct or improve many aesthetic, functional and medical issues.
Braces are the go-to procedure for fixing overlapping, crowded or gapped teeth, but many people are unaware that certain common dental and mouth issues, such as joint abnormalities or a clicking jaw, can also be corrected through braces.
If you notice that your child is experiencing symptoms such as problems with chewing and biting, or they have difficulties with speech, it would be beneficial to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist for an evaluation as soon as possible. Other causes of concern include early or late loss of baby teeth, biting into the roof of the mouth, tongue thrusting, mouth breathing and sucking the thumb or fingers.
These symptoms may be an indication of an underlying dental issue, and it is very beneficial to catch and address a child’s bite problems early on, because their bones are still growing. Other symptoms include teeth that do not meet or meet in an irregular way, protruding teeth, an inability to comfortably close lips and an underbite, overbite or open bite.
If dental issues weren’t corrected during childhood or the problem developed later in life, such as with Chronic Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ). Orthodontics can successfully treat misaligned teeth at any age.
Common issues that can be treated in children or adults through orthodontic treatment include teeth grinding or clenching, an excessively “gummy” smile, crowded or misplaced teeth, jaws that shift, click, protrude, or are recessed, and facial imbalance or asymmetry.
Whether you are considering braces for yourself or your child, a consultation with an orthodontist will help to determine the best procedure and treatment plan. Remember, orthodontic treatment has changed — the old silver brackets are a thing of the past and many new options allow you to get orthodontic treatment without the appearance of braces.
Orthodontics in Toccoa
If you want to learn more about the various orthodontics services we offer, including Invisalign, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Wilbanks Smile Center is located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.