Orthodontist Pretoria

Why Orthodontist Pretoria?

For some people, perfect teeth come naturally but most people need a little help to achieve the perfect smile. The help should come from a specialist who is concerned with the treatment of improper bites and correcting crooked teeth. The specialized care of Orthodontist Pretoria provides a variety of services designed to help everyone obtain the best smile possible. Adult braces can be an option as well. The Doctors are knowledgeable and experienced at providing the care recommended for maintaining good oral health.

In order to obtain the perfect set of teeth, an Orthodontist should begin providing specialized care as early as age seven in hopes of controlling the growth of teeth. By age seven, enough baby teeth should have fallen out and permanent teeth grown in place, to allow for an accurate analysis of the mouth and teeth growth. A plan can be made to ensure the mouth adjust properly as permanent teeth grow to attempt to prevent common problems such as overbite or under bite. When abnormalities are discovered at such an early age, there is a better chance of achieving the goal of straight teeth with a balanced facial profile.

What To Expect On The First Visit?

The Specialist will need to do a proper analysis of your mouth and jaw by using x-rays and making molds. Using the knowledge obtained through the analysis, a treatment plan will be developed which will include a set of goals, information needed to achieve the goals, and a recommendation for an appliance, such as braces or retainer, if one is needed. The plan will also explain how to care for the appliance, proper brushing and flossing techniques for healthy teeth and gums. Follow-up treatment will be necessary at regular intervals.

Specialized mouth care should be as normal as seeing a pediatrician but some people require more reasoning than just preventative care.

Here Are Several Reasons To See An Orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced, protrude, or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

Most Common Devices Used by An Orthodontist And How it Works!

Braces are the most common devices used by an Orthodontist. Braces consist of four parts: brackets, bonding material or metal band, arch wire, and ligature elastic (also referred to as an “o-ring”). The brackets, made out of either stainless steel or ceramic, are bonded to the teeth using a bonding material (glue) or a metal band. A metal wire is inserted into dental brackets putting pressure on the teeth. The ligature elastic is used to connect the arch wire to the brackets and is usually changed at every visit. The wires work with the brackets to move the teeth into alignment. Your  Orthodontist  will schedule frequent visits to adjust the arch wire and ligature. This allows the teeth to move slowly reducing the pain associated with the realignment of the teeth.

 Does Oral Health Work?

The best reason to seek specialized mouth care is simply good oral health. Good oral health is vital to good overall health with many diseases being linked to the bacteria associated with gum disease. Why would someone screen for heart diseases during a visit to a specialist for oral health? In recent years, medical researchers have determined the bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease can invade and infect human arterial cells causing the walls of the heart to weaken. Many times when somebody sees a cardiologist for possible heart problems, the cardiologist will visually check for signs of gum disease. If gums appear to be red and swollen or cavities are obvious, the Doctor will recommend seeing a specialist, such as an Orthodontist Pretoria, before tests are run.

Practicing good oral health such as brushing, flossing, and mouthwash can protect against future health problems. Children should have regular visits to a dentist by one year old and start specialized care as young as seven years old. Preventative oral care can help identify markers to important health issues early enough to prevent serious problems.