What is an Orthodontist?
What is Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics?
An orthodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of “malocclusion,” a long word that means “bad bites”.
Dr. Garrett is a specialist, and attended three additional years of school in addition to dental school to learn many things, including:
- How faces grow and how to affect that growth to create the best harmony
- How the position of the teeth affect the lips, nose, and chin
- What problems look like before they start, so they can be prevented
- How to correct problems that happen as adult teeth come in
- How teeth move differently in children and adults
What are the benefits?
- Higher self-esteem
- Higher attractiveness as rated by others
- Higher liklihood of smiling
- More positive social interactions
- Higher acceptance from teachers, employers, and members of both sexes
- Straight teeth that look better and are easier to clean
- Better aligned jaws that function more efficiently
- For adults, changing the way the front teeth appear relative to the lips when smiling can make a person look years younger.
- Support for speech therapy
What are the possible consequences of not having treatment?
- Crooked and protruding teeth carry negative status at all ages and social levels
- Discrimination because of facial appearance
- Problems with oral function, including difficulties in jaw movement, chewing, joint pain, and speech
- Greater susceptibility to trauma, periodontal disease, and cavities
- Teasing at school
- Psychological distress and anxiety and social problems: these are not just cosmetic! They can have a major influence on the quality of life.
- Some bad bites are linked with a higher rate of TMJ dysfunction, including painful muscles and joints, grinding, and clenching
- Difficulty making certain sounds
- Teeth that stick out are more likely to get broken