When most people think of orthodontics their mind immediately turns to braces, but that’s just one of the services performed by an orthodontist. Here’s a list of other reasons you would see an orthodontist, and why they are an essential contact to have in the pursuit of general health.
Just as your child has their hearing tested and their eyesight checked, an orthodontist is another specialist you should visit when your child is aged around seven years old.
This initial assessment of the development of teeth and the jaw allows any issues which might affect speech, facial development and, more specifically, their smile to be flagged early. In some cases, early intervention will be offered, which may eliminate the need for teeth extraction and more invasive treatment later down the track.
Teeth straightening is the primary reason most people choose to visit an orthodontist, in the knowledge a great smile offers confidence that lasts a lifetime. It’s important to note orthodontic treatments to straighten teeth aren’t just limited to traditional braces, with other options like Invisalign available.
Meanwhile, the timeframe for these works isn’t restricted to the teen years, with more and more adults now turning to braces and aligners to perfect their smile.
An optimum bite ensures teeth meet at the right angle and the right position for chewing food, speech enunciation and more. The bite and alignment of the jaw also impacts the entire look of the face.
That means even though teeth may be straight, if the bite is not aligned correctly, you may experience dental problems down the track like uneven tooth wear, cracking and fillings. Orthodontic treatment specifically addresses a misaligned bite, to help you maintain better oral health throughout your lifetime.
It might seem surprising, but in many cases an orthodontist can assist with sleep problems like snoring and sleep apnoea. That’s because these issues are often affected by the position of the jaw. The upshot is, in some cases treating Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can be as simple as visiting your orthodontist and using a custom-fitted oral appliance.
Whether it’s due to stress or a daily habit, many of us grind our teeth in our sleep and in some cases orthodontic intervention can assist.
Examples where orthodontic treatment can eliminate or reduce grinding include when teeth meet at the incorrect angle or only a few actually come together. If you suspect this might be the reason for your grinding, then definitely check in with your orthodontist.
About Norwest Orthodontics
Norwest Orthodontics specialises in helping you achieve a great smile, no matter your age. We feature a range of orthodontic treatments that span from early intervention right through to remedial adult work.
We also have a suite of treatments available that include discrete, removable Invisalign braces, and welcome the opportunity to work with you to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
You can learn more about our services, or contact us to make an appointment.