What does an orthodontist do

A lot of people think that an orthodontist is the same as a dentist. They think that they do the same thing that a dentist would do but that is not the case. Even though both of them work on health problems related to teeth and mouth they are different. The distinction between the two is that dentistry is more general, a dentist works on the teeth, jaws and gums. On the other hand, an orthodontic simply works on the alignment of the teeth. So the braces we see kids wearing are the work of an orthodontist. Their basic work is to make sure that your teeth are perfectly aligned and if they are not, these guys have the expertise to fix them. It is likely that you have one or two teeth out of place and that’s normal because most of the people are not born with a set of perfect teeth.



Why it is important to visit an orthodontist

Now days most parents make their kids visit an orthodontist as they fear that their kid’s teeth might not be perfect. It is actually important to make your kids visit the dentist while they are still kids. The reason for that is that when they are still in their development age, it is easier to make changes to their jaw structure. The younger the kid the easier it is to make changes and that is why rarely notice braces on adults. If you are one of the adults who did not get a chance to visit an orthodontist as a kid, it is recommended that you do so now as the teeth structure you might feel is normal, might not be. People as adults are usually embarrassed to get braces as they feel that they do not look nice. Now there are braces that are practically hidden so you do not have to be worried about the way your teeth look.

How does a typical appointment at an orthodontist look like

An appointment at an orthodontist looks a lot like the one at a dentist. All of the administrative work is identical if not almost the same. It is actually a good idea to first visit a dentist to see if the dentist recommends you to visit an orthodontist or not. When you visit an orthodontist, he or she will ask you to take an x-ray to see how bad the deviation of your teeth structure is from a normal looking teeth structure. If there is deviation the orthodontist will recommend a procedure accordingly, braces being them most common one. Before actually putting the braces, you will have a preparatory session where the orthodontist will measure your teeth and get braces made according to that. In the next session the braces will be placed and will be in there for about two years. You will have to go one in a while for a check up.