How an Orthodontist May Determine Your Personalized Treatment Plan

An orthodontist can help give you a proper smile. Misalignment of teeth can lead to many dental issues. Food particles get stuck in unreachable corners. This results in more cavities, dental pain, and bad breath. Crooked teeth can also lead to speech and eating problems. If you want to know how an orthodontist may find out what orthodontic treatment you need, here are the details.

Dental and medical evaluations

It is natural for physical wellness and dental health to affect each other. Oral problems can result from or lead to health problems. The orthodontist can study the patient’s dental history and medical records. The patient’s health conditions can tell the dentist the root cause of the patient’s dental issues. Medical records also inform the dentist if the patient’s health conditions are under control. Such health issues are diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.

Bite impressions

The orthodontist can fill a dental tray with a type of gel. This gel hardens when the patient bites into the tray. This will create a bite impression. Study models will come out from these impressions. The dentist can determine the position of every tooth and the jaws. The orthodontist can also tell how the patient’s teeth relate to each other.

Dental X-rays and computer-generated images

Digital panoramic dental X-rays are accurate tools for checking and viewing a patient’s orthodontic problems. These also help see any damage to the temporomandibular joint and complications of the misalignment. Dental X-rays also show the dentist the position of every tooth and each complement tooth. The images go straight to the dentist’s computer for more accurate viewing.

The computer-generated images enable the orthodontist to formulate a treatment plan. They also let the dentist check the symmetry of the jaw and the shape of the face. The dentist can magnify the images to see them better. Magnified images also allow the dentist to pinpoint crucial areas to focus on when the orthodontic treatment starts.

Actual photographs

An orthodontist can also take before, during, and after photos of the patient. The photos can show the dramatic changes as the orthodontic treatment goes on. Each photo can tell which area needs more adjustment. It can also determine how well the treatment is going.

Orthodontic irregularities for treatment

An orthodontist can see what issues the treatment must address. An overbite is when the upper jaw covers the lower jaw. An underbite is when the lower jaw goes more forward than the upper jaw. This makes the chin look more pronounced or pointed. A crossbite is when a few of the upper teeth close inside the lower dental arch instead of outside. Overcrowding is also a problem in which the dental arch does not have enough room for teeth to develop and erupt.

The treatment plan for children

The treatment plan for children will consist of phases. Phase One is for children with primary and permanent teeth. A child could receive a variety of treatments to align teeth and correct malocclusions. Space maintainers, braces, expansion appliances, and other treatments are available.

Phase Two orthodontic treatment is for children whose permanent teeth have all erupted. The goal of this treatment is to correct dental crowding, jaw development, and bite problems. The orthodontic dental appliance can be either removable or fixed. Traditional braces use metal brackets that attach to the front side of teeth. An archwire then connects all the brackets. Lingual braces are the same, but the dentist places them behind the teeth.

Removable dental appliances are convenient alternatives to traditional braces. These devices can come in the form of facemasks, invisible aligners, or headgear. The patient must wear them for a specific number of hours each day. This is necessary to speed up the treatment. The retention phase will involve wearing a custom-fit retainer. This device will secure the corrected positions.

The treatment plan for adults

Adults need a multi-staged orthodontic treatment plan. Each adult will have a tailor-fit plan. It will depend on the goal. For bite issues, the dentist will use elastics to align the jaw. The dentist will also regard any dental restoration the patient currently has.

An orthodontist can help correct your smile and improve your general health

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