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An orthodontist is a dentist who has taken additional training in the prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth and jaws, which can cause debilitating problems in kids and adults. Orthodontists use a variety of treatments to realign or guide teeth, including braces and retainers. In treating patients an orthodontist can also educate them on Invisalign, child orthodontics, adult orthodontics, ceramic braces, impacted wisdom teeth, overbite, underbite, night guards and lingual braces. Orthodontists are dentists who have completed an additional 2 to 3 years of university education to specialize in orthodontic treatment. They are experts in aligning teeth and jaw bones to obtain a great smile and healthy bite.

An orthodontist is a specialized dentist who focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They undergo additional training and education after completing dental school to become experts in orthodontics.

Here are some key aspects of orthodontic treatment that orthodontists provide:

  1. Braces: Orthodontists use braces to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. Traditional braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands that apply gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions.

  2. Retainers: After braces are removed, orthodontists often provide patients with retainers to maintain the newly aligned teeth and prevent them from shifting back.

  3. Invisalign: Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces. It involves using a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move the teeth. Orthodontists who offer Invisalign are trained in using this specific treatment method.

  4. Child Orthodontics: Orthodontic problems can arise in children, and orthodontists are experienced in diagnosing and treating these issues early on to guide the proper growth and development of the teeth and jaws.

  5. Adult Orthodontics: Orthodontic treatment is not limited to children. Adults can also benefit from orthodontic care to correct misalignments and improve their oral health and aesthetics.

  6. Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces but use tooth-colored or clear brackets and wires to make them less noticeable.

  7. Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Orthodontists can evaluate and manage impacted wisdom teeth, which are teeth that do not have enough space to properly emerge or grow.

  8. Overbite and Underbite: Orthodontists address bite irregularities, such as overbites (where the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth) and underbites (where the lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth), to improve functionality and aesthetics.

  9. Night Guards: Orthodontists can provide custom-made night guards to protect the teeth and jaws from grinding or clenching during sleep, a condition known as bruxism.

  10. Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces but are placed on the back (lingual) side of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front.

Orthodontists not only provide treatment but also educate patients about their orthodontic issues, treatment options, and proper oral hygiene during treatment. They work closely with patients to create personalized treatment plans and help them achieve optimal oral health and a confident smile.

If you or your child have concerns about teeth and jaw alignment, it is recommended to consult with an orthodontist. They can assess your specific needs and recommend appropriate treatment options to address any irregularities and improve your dental health.

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