Teeth that are improperly positioned can cause severe strains in the facial muscles, tooth decay, problems with chewing food, and lack of confidence about one’s appearance. Subsequently, orthodontists provide both medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to patients who need to have their bite corrected to relieve pain or to be happier with the way they look.
The most common orthodontic procedures are fitting patients for braces and aligners, the latter which are removable appliances that reposition the teeth over time. Both adults and teens need to see an orthodontist if they need braces which straighten crooked teeth or correct bites, as well as any issues that arise from adjustment or removal of braces.
Orthodontists also align teeth and jaws for adult patients whose teeth grew in crookedly or were dislodged in an accident. For teens and children, an orthodontist can correct narrow jaws with the use of palatal expanders, or jaw repositioning devices to realign the jaw. If the treatment pertains to teeth and jaw development, reconstruction, or alignment, an orthodontist is the specialist you need.