Choosing an orthodontist you can trust
Getting braces is a commitment to one orthodontist for several years. Be mindful in your search and find the best fit. The right orthodontist can make the entire process easy and even fun!
Your orthodontist will examine your teeth and from there, you’ll be able to discuss your best options for braces.
How do you choose? Testimonials can help, as well as reviews. Ask family and friends for recommendations. Also use your general dentist as a resource in your search.
Review your prospective orthodontist’s website! From there you can find information on the practice and read patient reviews.
When to see an orthodontist
So, when should you take that trip to see your local orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist examine children by the time they are seven years old.
That means that while baby teeth are still in and the jaw is still developing, a trusted orthodontist can recommend an approach to make their adult teeth straight and dazzling.
But what about adults?
While you may not have a problem aesthetically with crooked teeth, there are several reasons crooked teeth can be detrimental to your overall health. These reasons include:
- Interference with chewing
- Poor speaking
- Uneven wear on the teeth
- Uneven cleaning, leading to tooth decay and cavities
- TMJ issues causing jaw pain or headaches
Additionally, crooked teeth can have a poor effect on your self-image. Regardless of whether or not you’ve experienced any negative health issues regarding your teeth, straight teeth can just help you feel good.
If you’re an adult who has yet to visit an orthodontist, please know that there’s nothing to be worried or embarrassed about.
If you’re ready to make the switch to straight teeth, feel free to contact us and let us help you be able to flash a confident smile!