5 reasons to visit an orthodontist rather than a dentist

Smileworx orthodontics

Although a dentist is a highly trained professional at caring for your dental health needs, dentists do not receive significant training in orthodontics

For orthodontic care, the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) does not recommend patients risk seeing someone who is not a specialist orthodontist.

It is likely that the orthodontic results will be unacceptable and wont last without further and more expensive treatment. This can mean it can end-up costing you in terms of your dental health and your pocket.

Dr Julian Todres and Dr Crofton Daniels, the orthodontists from Smileworx Geraldton have put together this list of reasons why seeing an orthodontist for your orthodontic needs is best.

1. Orthodontists are specialists

Orthodontists specialise in the diagnosis, prevention and the treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists are experts in their field and help correct bites and jaws and can correctly align teeth.

Although orthodontists and dentists both work to help improve your overall oral health, specialisation is what sets an orthodontist apart from a dentist. Orthodontists complete an additional three years of full-time university training after their general dental degree. Orthodontists also limit their practice to only orthodontic treatment.

They are also the most qualified and experienced to treat issues to do with the alignment of teeth and jaws to ensure you, or your child, end up with a healthy smile.

2. Your mouth is the window to your overall health

Your mouth is populated with millions of bacteria. If kept under control these bacteria are harmless, but if left to multiply can wreak havoc on not only your oral health but your overall health as well.

These harmful bacteria are the reasons for tooth decay, periodontal disease, halitosis (bad breath) and are linked to stroke and heart disease. Crowded teeth make the perfect breeding grounds for these bacteria, as they multiply on the food particles that become stuck between your teeth.

By having a qualified orthodontist create a treatment plan for straightening your teeth, you will improve the blood flow within your periodontal tissues. This can mean healthier gums, healthier teeth, and fewer places for bacteria to accumulate. Having straight teeth makes it easier to clean, so keeping harmful bacteria at bay becomes easy.

3. Not just an aesthetic benefit

In addition to increased aesthetic results, orthodontic treatment can also bring many physical benefits that include:

  • Bad bites that can damage teeth and gums
  • Gaps in your teeth
  • Crooked and overcrowding of the teeth
  • Speech, breathing or chewing problems
  • Misaligned jaws (which often affect your facial profile)
  • Protruding or misaligned teeth
  • Diagnose and manage obstructive sleep apnoea in both adults and children
  • Help manage persistent thumb and finger sucking in children

4. Different options to suit your lifestyle

Gone are the days of chunky metal braces, bands and huge headgear. Today, modern orthodontic treatments are designed to be as comfortable as possible so patients can get on with their normal routines.

While traditional braces are still an extremely effective way to straighten teeth, some of the new, innovative treatments include clear braces, lingual braces and clear aligners.

If you’re considering clear aligners or traditional braces, it’s important to know only a specialist orthodontist like the ones from Smileworx Geraldton have the training, experience and complete suite of treatment options ensure you’re in the best hands possible.

5. Kids should visit an orthodontist at around 7-8 years

Most orthodontic problems can be easily corrected when treated in growing jaws before the adult teeth come through.

By waiting until the teenage years to see orthodontists for the first time can result in further worsening of early problems and can cause more complicated and invasive treatment methods that could have been avoided.

Although early orthodontic treatment might not be needed for all children, taking your child to see an orthodontist will give the orthodontist a chance to assess the alignment of their teeth and jaws and determine if and when, early intervention is needed.

Orthodontists are trained to pinpoint a child’s orthodontic problems from quite a young age, even if the problems are subtle. An orthodontist can start correcting problems to avoid potential long-term issues.

There is no referral needed to see an orthodontist and the orthodontists at Smileworx suggest visiting them when your child is around 7 years old.

Orthodontics from Smileworx in Geraldton

Dr Julian Todres and Dr Crofton Daniels and the highly experienced, certified orthodontists in the Geraldton practice that provide quality, authentic orthodontic care to their Perth patients.

To learn more about why it’s important to visit an orthodontist to straighten your teeth and fix orthodontic concerns, contact the team at Smileworx today.