An orthodontist can do so much more than a dentist and as a result, they must train for so much longer. Once they become a dentist, they then sign up for additional years where they will learn how to straighten teeth and correct jaw problems. Once qualified as an orthodontist at Hallandale Beach, there will be a lifetime of work available to them as no one wants to have teeth that are crooked and unattractive. From an early age, there will be issues with many children’s teeth, and starting to set out a plan to ensure that they are happy with them by the time they are an adult is advisable. Legally, there is no age limit for a child to visit an orthodontist near me, but it tends to be accepted that there is no need to go before the age of 7.
The baby teeth will have started to be lost and the teeth that replace them will be appearing. These are the teeth that will need to be put into the correct location and the orthodontist will get an idea of what they have to do to get the mouth looking as good as can be. If the decisions are made at an early age, it is likely that there will be just the need for braces rather than surgery to sort out any badly placed teeth. With treatment starting at this age, the orthodontist Hallandale Beach is able to:
- Ensure that the adult teeth are straight.
- Allow the lower and upper arches to be the correct width.
- Make sure that the adult teeth that are coming through have enough space to settle in the jaw in the correct position.
- Allow the teeth to stay where they are and as long as they have settled correctly, there will be no need for teeth to be removed as the patient ages.
- Even issues such as thumb sucking can be dealt with as it is accepted that this is a major cause of teeth being in the wrong position.
- Deal with concerns over speech issues. An orthodontist at Hallandale Beach will include another professional when they need help that is beyond their training.
Clearly, this is a young age and it can be hard for parents to decide if this is the right age or too young. Before sending the child to an orthodontist, there will be a cause for concern and this can be based on a few problems. It could be that the child is sucking their thumb, or that they seem to lose their baby teeth early, or alternatively do not seem to be losing them as soon as their peers. Mouth breathing is an indication that all is not right with your child’s teeth, as is a problem when it comes to chewing food.
It is not just visual indicators that you should be looking out for, but noises – if the jaw makes a sound when it is being opened, or teeth that seem to hit each other. The number of teeth can also let you know that treatment is going to be needed. If there are gaps between the teeth when the child tries to put them together then some will have to be moved. When there is clear overcrowding, it will be an easy decision to remove and realign, and this will certainly be the case when it is noticed that the mouth and teeth seem to be too big for the remainder of the face. Once you have come to terms with the fact that treatment is needed, you should arrange to start as soon as you can get an appointment. An orthodontist at Hallandale Beach will be able to let you know how soon they can begin the treatment.
Many times, an orthodontist at Hallandale Beach will advocate the use of two-phase treatment and this allows the teeth to be corrected alongside other changes to the physical appearance of the face. It may seem a little harsh, but if it is neglected, it is very likely that the child will need much more detailed and invasive surgery and treatment later on. It is also the experience of most orthodontists that treatment is more effective the sooner it is carried out.
The First Stage
Here the jaw will be prepared for the adult teeth that will soon appear. The advantage of carrying this treatment out early is that it can often be milk teeth that are being removed. Lack of action can mean that it will be adult teeth that have to be taken out at a later date. If that happens, the only options are crowns, dentures, or bridges. By planning ahead, you will be saving your child a lot of dental treatments later on in life. Records will be made to ensure that the orthodontist carries out the treatment to the best advantage of the child. They will be able to work out which teeth need to be removed and the location that the remaining teeth need to be moved into.
This is going to involve x-raying the teeth and taking impressions. This is the part that the child is going to dislike the most as it can be quite unpleasant. A thick substance is placed into trays and then lodged into the child’s mouth. Once the substance has a clear imprint on the teeth, the trays are removed. Hopefully, this will only have to be carried out once during the process. There will be a period of resting as there is the chance that the teeth will move to where they should be on their own. This will not always fully be the case, but undoubtedly they will make some movement of their own before the braces need to be applied.
The Second Stage
It is now that the orthodontist will be able to make sure that the teeth stay in the place they are in. They must be in a position where they are not affecting the movement of the lips or leading the child to bite their cheek. Many times, the only solution is to place upper and lower braces on the child. It can mean the child wearing them for as long as two years, so it is best to have them on while the child is young. The older they are when they start wearing them, the more conscious they will be, so the more risk there is that they will not wear them – if there is the option of removing them. After the braces, there will be retainers, and these will keep the teeth in the location the orthodontist has deemed correct.
Braces for Adults
There is an increasing number of adults requiring orthodontic treatment. At one stage there would be very few people over the age of 21 asking for braces, but now up to 20% of the clients are over this age. Issues that may not have bothered them as a child will bother them now and they want it to be sorted out as soon as possible. Orthodontists have found that there seem to be the same few reasons why late teens and over are choosing treatment at this stage of life.
- Teeth do not fit in the mouth properly and make it hard to close the mouth – known as a malocclusion.
- Too small or too big a gap between teeth – this is likely to cause the teeth to decay or infection to start in the gums.
- Crooked teeth cause the jaw to be in an unusual position, and this can lead to a painful jaw.
- There is not always pain involved. Sometimes the teenager or young adult just wants their smile to look better.
Options for Adults
The one thing that is going to put an adult off orthodontic treatment is wearing a clearly noticeable metal brace. Fortunately, there is now an option that is much less easy to see. With these braces, the teeth can still be straightened just as well, and there is not the embarrassment of other people knowing it is being done.
The options are:
- Clear braces – Often these will be Invisalign. There are other advantages to these. As well as being clear, it is possible to take them out to eat. Eating will be more enjoyable, and it will be much easier to clean the teeth and brace. They should be kept in as long as possible, but it is good to know that they can come out.
- Ceramic braces – These are also much harder to notice, but unlike Invisalign, they are fixed to the teeth. So they do not offer the same level of freedom.
- Self – ligating braces – There are no wires, so it will be easier to clean, but these will often be more visible to others.
- Lingual braces – As these are fitted behind the teeth, no one will be able to see them. They work just as well, but there is also the confidence that secrecy brings.
- Metal braces – These are bound to be the last option a patient will want, but often price will mean that it is the only choice they have.
Procedures for Treating Children vs Procedures for Treating Adults
The main thing that needs to be considered when treating adults rather than children is that it will be easier with adults as their jaws are fully formed. There are, however, certain things that make it easier to work on a child. A child is unlikely to be suffering from periodontal disease – this is where the bone recedes and often occurs because of gingivitis. Whatever the issues are, an orthodontist Hallandale Beach will have the ability and the equipment to give the mouth the appearance it should have.
Once the teeth start to wear, then it can be harder to move them as they often move of their own accord. Orthodontic care will be needed and there is also the risk of missing teeth. There are knock-on effects for a lot of conditions. When a tooth is missing, other teeth move and there is the risk of gum infections. Some children start the process but do not complete it. There are times when this will make it easier for the orthodontist now, but equally they may find things that they need to change before they can start the new treatment.
Why Orthodontic Treatment?
The straighter your teeth are then the healthier they will be. They will be easier to clean, and this is going to stop bacteria; and, without bacteria, there will not be gum disease and infection. It is also well known that poorly looked after teeth can lead to bad breath among other conditions. Knowing how attractive your smile is will fill you with confidence and make your life much more fun.
After training as a dentist, dentofacial orthopedics is one way that the dentist can choose to continue training. Here the face is included when altering the appearance of the mouth. Mouth appliances can be used as well as expanders and they are usually required when there is a facial abnormality – this could even include something like a smaller than normal mouth. It is likely that you will be aware that this level of treatment is needed, but when it is confirmed your orthodontist Hallandale Beach will tell you everything that you need to know. This will include the timescale of the treatment and recovery, as well as any pain that you may feel, and the likelihood that it will need to be repeated. They will also explain that there will be a maxillofacial surgeon who is going to be carrying out the surgical part of the procedure if needed. Normally, a woman will be able to have surgical treatment from the age of 16 onwards and men from 18 onwards. This is the age that many of them find the jaw stops growing; so, the results will be more effective than if they had it and then the jaw grew further.