Dental check-ups are not only for dental cleaning. This is the time that the dentists gets to look at your overall oral health and makes an assessment of it. Preventive dental procedures are better than anything else. Not only does it save you from pain, but it makes sure that you don’t have to spend too much, on dental procedures to correct the problem. When a regular dentist notices problems with your teeth and jaws, he or she might recommend you to go to an orthodontist to have it assessed.
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in diagnosing, treating and sometimes even preventing dental problems that could cause facial irregularities. Dental braces are one of the many treatments on dental realignment. Most children are recommended to get braces between the ages 8 to 14 while their facial bones are still growing, and their teeth are easier to move and put in place.
No matter how old you may be, when the dentist recommends that you get braces, you do. All you need is to prepare yourself for them. How?
• Oral exam – the dentist usually conducts an oral exam to examine your teeth, the gums, and your jaw. The condition of your mouth is checked to make sure that dental braces are the best solution to your dental alignment problem.
• Dental X-ray – you will be undergoing a series of dental x-rays so that the dentist can have a look at the position of your teeth and how they can be realigned. Usually, it requires a panoramic x-ray to show both the upper and lower teeth as well as your biting position.
• Plaster Models – the dentist will be making the plastic model of your teeth. The plaster model will help the dentist evaluate your overall oral condition, determine the problem and think of the best solution to treat it. Treatment decisions are based on what the dentists see and what you want.
• Tooth Extraction – although the treatment may mean moving the teeth to put them back where they should be, the dentist may find your mouth too overcrowded. He may recommend the extraction of one or two teeth to make room for the other teeth to fit comfortably.
In severe cases, the dentist may recommend other treatments and may require you to see them on a monthly basis. Their recommendations all depend on the current condition of your oral health.