I Don’t Have Any Dental Problems: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?


I Don’t Have Any Dental Problems: Should I Still Visit and Orthodontist?

If you’ve been blessed with seemingly perfect teeth, you may feel like you can get through life without ever stepping foot in an orthodontist’s office. While some individuals do not need to visit an orthodontist, others may have underlying conditions they’re unaware of until it is too late.

It is recommended that everyone makes frequent visits to the orthodontist, whether or not they believe they have any dental issues. This visit to the orthodontist should be in addition to the regular visits to your dentist.

An orthodontist and a dentist are actually quite different. While they may both work in the mouth, they are trained in extremely different areas. Seeing a dentist is important for maintaining your gum and teeth health, but an orthodontist is trained to check for larger problems with the spacing of your teeth or your jaw alignment.

Even if you don’t need braces, you will still want to make an appointment with an orthodontist. Here are a few things that an orthodontist can cure that your standard dentist may not.

Bite Issues

Many people suffer from bite issues without every knowing it. Not only can untreated bite issues cause problems in your mouth, severe cases can lead to other medical issues that are more difficult to treat. Bite problems can cause continuous damage to your teeth and gums, eventually building up to a more serious condition.

Over bites, under bites, and cross bites can appear even if you have perfectly straight teeth. An orthodontist can help you determine whether or not you have a bite issue and provide you with the treatment you need to perfectly align your bite.

Breathing Problems

If you suffer from sleep apnea or other breathing problems, such as snoring, you may actually need to see an orthodontist. You may be experiencing these breathing problems because your jaw isn’t properly aligned.

An orthodontist can help you cure breathing problems related to an improperly aligned jaw. This can improve your sleep and give you an overall higher quality of life.

Tight Teeth

While your teeth may appear straight, they may actually be too close together. When teeth are too tight, it will be difficult to fit floss between them. If you’re unable to properly clean between your teeth, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque.

Visiting an orthodontist can help you better space your teeth so that you can properly clean between them. Even a retainer or Invisalign can help space your teeth without the need for braces or other expensive treatments.

Speech Impediments

Did you know that speech impediments are frequently caused because of dental problems? If you suffer from a lisp, it may be because of the way your teeth are arranged within your mouth.

Although a trip to the orthodontist isn’t a surefire way to cure a speech impediment, an orthodontist can help you determine if orthodontic care can help. By straightening your teeth and providing more room for your tongue or lips, orthodontic care can help reduce or eliminate your speech impediment.

Low Self-Esteem

Even if you don’t need braces or another serious form of orthodontic care, you may still have some issues with your teeth that you’d like to have fixed. Whether it is a tooth that grew in at the wrong angle, a tooth that isn’t quite the right size, or a gap that you feel is too large, an orthodontist can help you solve it.

Even minor treatment from an orthodontist can give you the confidence boost you need. Many minor orthodontic procedures can be completed quickly, so you can leave your appointment with the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

How Often Should You Visit an Orthodontist?

Individuals should make frequent visits to the orthodontist, regardless of if they have clear dental problems. If you’re not receiving treatment from an orthodontist, you should still have two orthodontic appointments in a year. These appointments will be in addition to the two appointments you have with your traditional dentist.

At these appointments, your orthodontist will check to see if your bite has changed or if your teeth have shifted. By frequently visiting your orthodontist, you can catch a problem before it causes pain or a major change. The sooner you can begin treatment, the faster it will be completed.

Call Us Today To Learn More

At Nalchajian Orthodontics in California, an orthodontist can examine your teeth to determine if you need to wear headgear. You can schedule an appointment with either:

• Dr. Nicole Nalchajian
• Dr. Greg Nalchajian

In addition to fitting headgear on patients, our orthodontic team offers these devices to repair your teeth:

• Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires
• Invisalign aligners made of clear plastic
• Ceramic braces made with color-matching brackets

Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign aligners or headgear at one of these locations:

• Clovis – 559-299-9561
• Fresno – 559-432-7100

We also offer a complimentary consultation after your examination.

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