Who is an orthodontist?
The emergence of orthodontics as a dental line dates back to 400 BC. Era. Even then people thought about the importance of the right bite and made attempts to level the teeth and correct the proportions of the face. However, the true recognition of orthodontics and the improvement of the practice of eliminating dentofacial defects occurred only in the last century. Only then orthodontics was isolated in a separate direction and the specialty of the dentist-orthodontist was determined.
The dentist of this specialization works with maxillofacial deformations and corrects the dentition and individual deformed teeth.
The doctor-orthodontist is obliged to have medical higher education on a specialty "stomatology-orthodontics" and to pass an internship course.
The specialist should be able to organize qualified dental care in his direction, be able to classify diseases of the oral cavity and maxillofacial area, use dental anesthesia methods if necessary. The doctor-orthodontist should have excellent knowledge on the development and eruption of teeth, the formation of the jaw system, the structure of the maxillofacial zone. He must understand the classification of deformations and anomalies in the development of teeth and jaws, detect and eliminate defects and disorders in the structure of the masticatory apparatus.
When should I go to an orthodontist?
The reason for applying to an orthodontist may be a referral from a general dentist, or one's own observation of the dental row.
Parents of young children should pay more attention to the location and condition of the child's teeth. Correct bite is easiest in childhood, in addition, treatment performed in childhood, more comfortable and faster, and the result is more stable.
Unfortunately, not always even teeth - this is the guarantee of a proper bite. Consult an expert and do not be afraid to bring a child to a preventive reception with an orthodontist.
If you notice a violation of chewing, abnormal teeth abrasion, speech defect formation, frequent tongue or cheek injuries, or a change in facial shape, you should contact a specialist. Incorrect bite can cause serious health problems, such as digestive disorders, speech functions, the formation of aesthetic defects in the facial area.