What is an Orthodontist?
An Orthodontist is a dentist who is qualified to treat irregularities in the jaw and teeth.
When do I need to consult an Orthodontist?
If you or your child have jaw growth problems, unusual gaps between your teeth, additional or missing teeth, then you qualify to see an orthodontist.
You should consult an orthodontist at any time should you have any questions about the alignment of your teeth, the quality of your bite or the space between your teeth. Sometimes, a problem in this area is painfully obvious. For example, you may have difficulty biting, chewing or speaking, or some of your teeth may be clearly protruding, crowded or misplaced. If that’s the case, then it’s time to consult with our office — an orthodontist has the special skills and training needed to diagnose and treat the problem.
Be sure to lookout for the following signs:
- If your child is still sucking their thumb past the age of four, it could case problems later on down the line. Excessive thumb sucking can warp the alignment of the front teeth resulting in an open bite
- Mouth Breathing: Additionally, if you notice that your child only breathes through their mouth and keeps the mouth open at all times, this may be a sign of a troubling behaviour called mouth breathing. This is basically what it sounds like – but over time, mouth breathing can cause abnormalities in the development of the facial muscles. We can create a treatment plan to prevent mouth breathing and help your child develop normally.
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- You have the inability to comfortably close your lips
What are braces?
Orthodontic brackets, a type of orthodontic appliance (which is a much broader category), are the small structural components that an orthodontic specialist or other dental professional uses to guide your teeth and bite into a corrected position.
At what age can I get my first set of braces?
Healthy teeth can be straightened at almost any age, but the sooner they are corrected, the better. According to research conducted over the years, the best age to get the most out of an orthodontic treatment is between the age of 8 and 13. Those who did not have proper orthodontic treatment during those years can still be treated.
Surely I am too old for braces?
No. You are wrong. You can never be too old to get braces. If you do have any concerns about your physical appearance, be sure to ask your dentist or orthodontist about clear braces.
Dr. Derek Coetzee is an orthodontist that provides orthodontic braces to children, teenagers and adults.
If you would like to chat to Dr Coetzee about getting braces simply contact him.