You may have heard of an orthodontist, but how are they any different from a dentist?

While dentists usually focus on maintaining good oral hygiene, orthodontists specialize in Orthodontics which is a branch of dentistry designed to focus on treating patients with improper positioning of teeth when the mouth  is closed, as this can lead to an improper bite, difficulty speaking and chewing, TMJ disorder and worn down teeth.

This branch of dentistry also covers the development and shape of the jaw, as well as treating and controlling various aspects of facial growth.

Orthontics derived from two greek words, Orthos which means ‘straight, perfect or proper’ and Dontos which means teeth (although they used to be called Orthodontia).

Aside from treating any serious issues a patient might face, orthodontics also include cosmetic dentistry, which helps the patient improve his or her appearance based on what they want to achieve in their smile.

Headgear, plates and braces are all in the range of an orthodontists medical dental devices. These can help such things as:

  • Closing wide gaps between the teeth
  • Making sure the tips of the teeth are aligned
  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • To improve speech or eating (oral function)
  • To improve the long-term health of gums and teeth
  • To prevent long-term excessive wear or trauma (of the teeth)
  • Treating an improper bite

If you are one of the many patients who has misaligned teeth, book an appointment today at North Shore Dental Group to achieve straight teeth and a healthy smile that will last you for years.