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What is Orthodontic Dentistry?

Orthodontic dentistry is a specialty where dentists prioritize correcting a patient’s bite and straightening their teeth. Any person who suffers from misaligned, jagged, crooked, or overlapped teeth can benefit from visiting an orthodontist.

What Types of Services Does an Orthodontist Offer?

An orthodontist offers various services to help correct a person’s bite and teeth.

These services can include the following:

  • Fixing overcrowded teeth
  • Malocclusion treatment
  • Providing retainers
  • Installing braces

A common misconception is that orthodontists can also treat problems related to general dentistry. This is not true, as orthodontists can only treat problems relating to your bite and the alignment of your teeth. If you are suffering from cavities or tooth rot, you will need to visit a general dentist.

When Should I Take My Child to See an Orthodontist?

Ideally, you should take your child to an orthodontist as soon as possible. But it is highly recommended you wait no longer than when they turn seven. Although most children do not experience any problems at this age, visiting an orthodontist can help identify and prevent future ones. By preventing problems now, you can help save your child from needing extensive dental work in the future.

What Are The Benefits of Orthodontics?

Orthodontics comes with various benefits, which include the following:

  • Straightening teeth
  • Treating underbites, overbites, and crossbites
  • Reducing your risk of cavities
  • Easing pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorders

What Are The Risks of Orthodontics?

Despite being designed to improve a person’s smile and take care of their teeth, there are risks that can occur.

Below are the following risks that can occur through orthodontic treatment:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Having an allergy to anesthesia
  • Contracting a gum infection
  • Requiring prolonged treatment
  • Damage to the pulp
  • Demineralization of the enamel

Schedule an Appointment

If you require orthodontic care or want to know more, Dr. Bryan Johnson will gladly assist you. Contact us at 503-362-9548 to schedule an appointment at Bryan Johnson Orthodontics today!

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