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Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by

dentalimage240Orthodontist (say: or-thoh-don-tist) is a type of dentist who using braces, retainers, and other devices, an to help straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems also can be genetic or inherited, meaning that they run in a person’s family.

These genetic factors can contribute to most orthodontic issues, such as extra or missing teeth, crowding, spacing, and irregular jaw growth.  For young children, prolonged habits such as thumb sucking can also cause issues like protruding front teeth and alterations to jawbone structures.

It’s recommended that children see an orthodontist for their first orthodontic exam no later than the age of seven. Some orthodontic issues like underbites, overbites, and crowding or protruding teeth are easier to correct at a younger age.  This is considered “phase 1” or “early treatment.” Proactive early treatment focuses on structural corrections that make phase 2 treatment more predictable, easier to complete, and potentially shorter in length.

Not only are well aligned teeth attractive, they provide many health benefits as well. They are easier to clean and maintain and will allow you to chew and speak without difficulty or added stress on the supporting gums and tissue. Poorly aligned teeth and jaws can lead to increased dental caries, gum disease, excess premature tooth wear and other dental issues that may require treatment later in life.

“Phase 2” treatment is also called “full treatment,” this consists of making the refining corrections to complete the treatment plan.  There are a few options available to consider; the traditional option being metal braces, ceramic or clear braces, and Invisalign.  Traditional metal braces are the most economical option and can be personalized with coloured bands to make it more exciting for kids. Clear braces are a great choice for pairing precision treatment with a more aesthetically pleasing look as they are a tooth-coloured material, resulting in being less noticeable. Lastly there is Invisalign, the nearly invisible plastic mouth guard-like aligner.  Contrasting to braces, Invisalign aligners are easily removable and allow the user to eat and drink whatever he or she wants. This is more applicable for teen or adult treatment plans as they require more responsibility from the patient to ensure consistency of use.

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An Orthodontist who has additional specialized education beyond dental school and has learnt how to diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities is your best choice. You can rest assured you and your family will receive top quality expertise and personalized service with a certified orthodontist.

April is Dental Health Month. PDG Dental Group has a wonderful team of certified orthodontic specialists who provide top quality care with personalized service. Call one of there Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, or Coquitlam offices to schedule an initial examination where we can go over your personalized orthodontic treatment options.

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