When we have a tough time just getting a dental check-up, the idea of going to another dental professional generally leaves us with a sense of dread. But what is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist and when is it important to choose one over the other?
Prevention and/or screening. Between the ages of 6 to 12, much of our primary teeth will be replaced by permanent successors, so it’s important to have the growth of our jaws and eruption of the teeth monitored to help reduce the need for future treatments.
Teeth crowding. A common dental problem is crowding, where the teeth are crammed together in a tiny space, making your daily routine difficult. Having this checked prevents the onset of oral complications.
Abnormal biting pattern. There are three types of abnormal biting patterns. The first is the deep bite, where there is an excessive vertical overlap between your upper and lower teeth. Without overlap, it’s called an open bite. If the overlap is your lower teeth over the upper teeth, it’s a cross bite.
Preventive orthodontics. Parafunctional habits, such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, teeth grinding and bruxism can lead to future problems. An orthodontist can help you control and eventually, break away from such destructive habits.
Ultimately, an orthodontist will improve your self-esteem and overall health by correcting these issues with proper treatment. If you feel that you need to fix some any of the above issues, contact your nearest San Leandro dental practitioner today!
Contact Creative Dimensions Dentistry in Castro Valley, CA at 510-881-8010 to schedule an appointment for a checkup today.
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