Orthodontist treatments cover a lot more than just braces. Although that is mostly what they are known for, and a large part of what the dental professionals do, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. They can provide treatment for a wide variety of conditions and reasons. Oftentimes, they do diagnose problems and traditional braces, or modern treatment options like aligners are prescribed. But it’s much more complex than just having crooked teeth. Why do people need to go see Upper East Side Orthodontics?
Why is an orthodontist’s work so important?
Of course, the obvious answer is to straighten teeth for their patients. A malocclusion, or misaligned teeth, can occur for any number of reasons. This is not some type of disease and in most cases, it has no effect on a person’s overall health. Simply put, a malocclusion or crooked teeth is just a variation in the positioning of the person’s teeth. Even though it doesn’t directly have a bearing on one’s health, it can have an impact on other areas. For instance, sometimes when teeth are not properly aligned, it can cause the face to be misshaped. This can be embarrassing for some people. When a person’s teeth are crooked it can also result in a lack of confidence which can affect them in many aspects of their life including at school, work, and at play. Many people can also battle depression if their teeth are obviously not aligned properly. There can be many reasons for it including an injury to the face or the teeth, finger or thumb sucking, and many others. Severe malocclusion can affect the speech, ability to eat, and the ability to keep the teeth cleaned properly.
What types of problems can orthodontic treatments help improve?
Talk to a New York, NY orthodontist if you notice or experience any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Front Teeth that Protrude: Getting treatment from an orthodontist can improve a person’s appearance, but it can also help protect the teeth from getting damaged during sports or a fall.
- Over Crowding Teeth: When a person has a narrow jaw, there’s not always enough room for all their teeth. An orthodontist can remove teeth so there is room for the permanent teeth.
- Tooth Impaction: When an adult tooth fails to emerge through the gums properly, or if it only partially emerges, it can become impacted. An orthodontist can remove one or more teeth to allow it room to emerge properly.
- Teeth that are Asymmetrical: For some people, the top and bottom teeth don’t quite match. Usually, this is most noticeable when the mouth is closed, and the teeth are still showing.
- Overbite or a Deep Bite: If a person closed their mouth completely and the upper teeth come down too far in front of the lower teeth it’s called an overbite. Orthodontic treatments can correct this.
- Open Bite: If you have an open bite, there’s an opening between the upper and lower teeth even when your teeth are clenched.
- Reverse Bite: A reverse bite is recognizable when the teeth are clenched together and the upper front teeth land just inside the lower front teeth.
- Underbite: Orthodontic treatment can help an underbite. If the upper teeth are too far back, or if the lower teeth are too far forward you may have an underbite.
- Crossbite: If you have at least one upper tooth that doesn’t land slightly in front of your lower teeth when you clench your teeth, you likely have a crossbite. This may also be the case if your teeth are too near the tongue or the cheek.
- Gaps: This is the opposite of crowding. If there are gaps between your teeth either because there is a tooth missing, or just because your teeth don’t fill the mouth up completely you have spacing issues that an orthodontist can fix.
- TMJ: Does your jaw click, do you clench your teeth? An orthodontist can provide treatment for TMJ.
For most people, orthodontic treatment will start around 12 or 13 years of age. Our orthodontists, Dr. Vaysman, Dr. Basir, and Dr. Jahn’Shahi usually like to see patients about this age because their adult teeth are coming through and are fully developed. This is when most problems start to emerge, although they can start to show up later.
Please call us and schedule an exam if you have any questions. Our New York, NY orthodontists will be happy to answer any of your questions.