How’s your smile? The way our teeth and jaws are formed dictate how alluring our smiles are, but they also dictate how well we bite. Sometimes our teeth and jaws require some corrections not just to enhance how they look, but also to improve how well we can use them. When it comes to improper bites or malocclusions, an orthodontist is what we need.
Wait, improper bite? As weird as it sounds, both form and function of the teeth have a technical correctness which renders them either proper or improper. Most people have small imperfections and irregularities in their bite, or occlusion, which is how the upper and lower jaws and teeth come together.
A lot of these malocclusions are minor, but there are major cases where professional assistance or even surgery is needed to correct them. This is where orthodonture or orthodontia or most commonly orthodontics comes in. Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry.
An orthodontist fixes the major imperfections that cause malocclusions from mere dental displacement to controlling facial growth and modification.
While the teeth’s function is quite essential and is often the focus of dentists and orthodontists, the form or aesthetic quality is also a concern.
Orthodontic treatment can also be provided to improve the aesthetics of patients’ teeth. Some orthodontists take this to another level and work on improving the aesthetics of patients’ faces; this form of orthodontics is pretty much in the realm of cosmetic dentistry.
For the most part though, orthodontics diagnoses and treats jaw relationship disproportions, teeth irregularity, or both. An orthodontist identifies the dental issues by recognizing the varied characteristics of malocclusions, define and understand the nature of the improper bite, devise a treatment strategy suitable for the situation, and present the strategy to the patient in a way the patient fully comprehends and can base his decisions from.
There are times when funny teeth need some straightening out. An orthodontist Arlington can give you the proper bite you may be lacking.