Why Do People Go To The Orthodontist?

Why Do People Go To The Orthodontist?
Posted on 05/16/2016

Dr. Christopher Rawle of Rawle Orthodontics has the education and experience to ensure his patients get the most successful orthodontic treatment outcomes with braces near Deltona, FL.

Do you feel embarrassed by your smile because of crooked teeth or some other dental health care concern? Do you keep your mouth closed when smiling for pictures? The best option for you might be to schedule a visit with an orthodontist. Orthodontists are dentists with advanced training in treating misaligned teeth, and they can realign crooked teeth into a straight, healthy smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), one in every five orthodontic patients in the United States are adults, with the other 80 percent being teens or children.

Types of Malocclusions   

The main reason that people near Deltona, FL see Dr. Christopher Rawle, is to fix a malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Common types of malocclusions include underbites, overbites, open bites, overjet (or overlapping) teeth, crossbites, and spacing issues.

  • Spacing or crowding: Too much or too little room can prevent permanent teeth from coming in properly (impacted teeth).

  • Underbite: When the lower teeth protrude farther out than the upper teeth.

  • Overbite: When a patient’s upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth. In extreme cases, the lower teeth can bite into the roof of the mouth.

  • Open bite: When the lower and upper front teeth don’t overlap, an opening straight through the teeth and into the mouth is created.

  • Overjet: Otherwise known as an “upper protrusion”; the upper front teeth are pushed outward. Commonly caused by a small lower jaw or a change in the shape of the upper palate (may be caused by thumb-sucking or pacifier use).

  • Crossbite: When any of the upper teeth fit into the wrong side of the lower teeth.

The Orthodontic Treatment Process

There are many methods that Dr. Christopher Rawle and the team at Rawle Orthodontics may use to fix malocclusions. The course of treatment prescribed will be unique to you and your individual needs. But some of the more usual steps that most patients experience are:

Assessment. An orthodontist will assess the present state of your teeth and diagnose if they will develop without orthodontic treatment. A full medical and dental health history, X-rays of the teeth and jaw, a clinical examination, and a plaster model of the patient’s teeth will help the doctor determine your treatment options.

Treatment. The appliances that orthodontists use most often are braces, fixed space maintainers, or specially made and fitted fixed appliances.

Fixed appliances are used when precision is imperative. Most patients can eat normally with these appliances, but it is recommended that they avoid some foods and drinks that may damage the appliance.

Removable appliances can be taken out of the patient’s mouth at any time. They should, however, be taken out only when cleaning, eating, flossing, or if the doctor recommends that they be removed for activities like sports or playing a musical instrument.

Your orthodontist may also use removable retainers, lip or cheek bumpers, splints, aligners (like Invisalign), palatal expanders, and headgear during your course of treatment.

Debanding. The removal of any fixed appliances or the cessation of treatment with removable appliances. Your orthodontist may indicate that you wear a retainer for a period of time after your course of treatment has ended to ensure that your teeth don’t shift from their new positions. Dr. Christopher Rawle says that the general rule for wearing your retainer is, “Wear your retainer for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight.”

Dr. Christopher Rawle and the team at Rawle Orthodontics are the orthodontic treatment professionals for braces near Deltona, FL. To schedule a consultation, call: 407.682.1818