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October 22 2010

Orthodontics: Do your teeth need it?

Crooked and crowded teeth leave a huge impact on the daily lives of many people. The inability to smile to comfortably prevents them from living their lives to the maximum. Lack of confidence in a smile will translate to a general lack of confidence, which could adverse affect their career and relationships. By correcting orthodontic issues, a good orthodontist can effectively change a person’s life. The bite is improved and better arrangement of teeth will help the patient maintain oral hygiene better. Bad teeth make cleaning them harder, and will eventually result in accelerated tooth decay.

The best person for advice regarding orthodontics is your dentist who specializes in Fort Worth orthodontics.He will give you a thorough dental exam with full medical and dental history. Impressions of your teeth will be taken and plaster models will be prepared. The dentist will then arrive at a diagnosis based on the findings from x-rays, photographs, etc. The type orthodontic treatment needed will be determined by the dentist after consulting with you. Some orthodontic problems require surgery for correction, while others may need maxillofacial appliances for the best results. He will then refer you to an orthodontist if needed.

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If you are experiencing any of the following, you could be a candidate for orthodontic work:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Gaps in your teeth
  • A more prominent gum line

People as young as 7 years old can benefit from a visit to a Dr. Darren K. Dickson, of Plano Center for Aesthetic Dentistry,, whether they have these issues or not. The most typical age for this type of treatment is when adolescence arrives, and most or all of the permanent teeth have come in. The duration of orthodontic treatment needed can be reduced if steps are taken at the right time.

However, if your child is experiencing any of the following problems, you may want to take them in sooner:

  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Excessive chewing
  • Lower teeth that go to the roof of the mouth
  • Crowded or misaligned teeth

Your Garland dentist will perform routine cleaning of teeth and will fill all your decayed teeth before treatment commences. You should ensure that your oral hygiene remains optimum in the duration of treatment. Pre-existing gum disease should be treated to reduce complications.