Orthodontist in West Covina

Orthodontist in West Covina

An orthodontist is a health professional who practices a form of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of jaws and teeth. Orthodontists are dentists who have undergone a further three years of specialized education in orthodontics.

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What does an orthodontist do?

Orthodontists perform procedures that help improve your smile and bite by adjusting your teeth and jaw into a more desirable alignment using appliances such as braces and retainers. Most orthodontic cases are simple and their treatments are within the repertoire of a general dentist. However, there are some cases that are too complicated for a dentist and can only be handled by a specialist orthodontist.

Why do you need an orthodontist?

Most people are born with overbites and crowded teeth which may develop into serious health problems over time. Crowded teeth, for instance, can be difficult to clean exposing you to tooth decay and gum disease. It may also have an effect on your speech and chewing.

When should you see an orthodontist?

We recommend that children be taken for orthodontic check up before they attain the age of 7 whether or not they have visible deformities. This helps the orthodontist detect any underlying conditions and treat them while the jaw hasn't fully developed.

For adults, age 50 has always looked like the upper limit for treatment eligibility, but that's not the case anymore. These days, patients in their 60s and 70s are being successfully taken through orthodontic procedures.

How to choose an orthodontist

However minor your orthodontic problem may be, it is advisable that you see an orthodontist instead of a dentist. There are many ways to know if you're dealing with an orthodontist. You can tell by looking at how they advertise; only specialist orthodontists are allowed to use the word 'orthodontist' to describe themselves. Also, you can check if they are a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) – which only registers orthodontists.