When most people think of an orthodontist, they first think of the most common orthodontic treatment: braces. While it is true that orthodontists use braces to straighten teeth, there are many other smile and facial irregularities that an orthodontist has been trained to diagnose and treat.
Do your top and bottom teeth not match up when you close your bite? Perhaps you experience frequent jaw pain or headaches from a misaligned bite. Do your front teeth protrude from the rest of your smile? All of these and more are irregularities that orthodontists like Dr. Adrian Huang have been trained to correct. Some of the most common irregularities that an orthodontist can treat include:
- Crowding: when the jaw is too narrow to provide enough space for each tooth. Treatment often involves removing one or more teeth and straightening the rest.
- Impacted tooth: when an adult tooth does not erupt properly. Treatment involves either removing the tooth or gently and gradually pulling it into its proper place.
- Spacing: when there are gaps between neighboring teeth. Orthodontic appliances, such as braces, can help pull the teeth together.
- Malocclusions: this includes overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. These can be caused by growth patterns, thumb sucking, injury, or other reasons. Treatment often includes a variety of orthodontic procedures.
If you or a loved one has a bad bite or experiences a dental irregularity, it is important to visit an orthodontist as soon as possible. By diagnosing the issue and beginning treatment early on, you can avoid more severe and complex treatment down the road.
If you would like to learn more about what our dentist in Provo, Utah, can do to help your smile, we invite you to contact Ninth East Dental today at 801-854-9140.