4 Importants Questions About Orthodontist
An orthodontist is a professional who practices a form of dentistry that deals with the alignment of jaws and teeth. Orthodontists first attain a bachelor’s degree in dentistry before undergoing an additional three years of specialized education in orthodontics.
What does an orthodontist do?
Orthodontists help fix your bite and smile by putting your jaw and teeth into a more desirable alignment using special appliances such as braces, trays, and headgear. While most orthodontic problems can be diagnosed and treated by a general dentist, more sophisticated ones can only be treated by a specialist orthodontist.
2. Why do you need orthodontist?
Many people are born with crooked teeth, crowded teeth and overbites, which end up to be more than just aesthetic problems over time. Crowded teeth, for instance, can be hard to clean with an ordinary toothbrush exposing you to gum disease and tooth decay. Chewing and speech difficulties may also come as a result of a bad bite.
3. When should you see an orthodontist?
We recommend that children be taken to see an orthodontist before they are seven years old even if their bite seems perfect. This is to ensure that any underlying issues are detected and treated early in their development and while the jaw is still young.
Adult patients are usually between the ages 50 and below, though orthodontists are these days treating even patients in their 60s and 70s.
4. How to choose an orthodontist
For most people, dentists and orthodontists are two professionals impossible to tell apart.
One easy way to know if your doctor is an orthodontist or a regular dentist is to ask them before treatment commences. You can also tell by looking at how they advertise: dentists will use words like ‘orthodontic specialist’ because they are not allowed to call themselves orthodontists.
If you live in Covina, it should be easier for you. Dr. Gregory Robins is an orthodontist with years of experience and scores of satisfied customers across the city to show for it. Contact us today at (626) 919-7707 to have your meeting with him scheduled.