Save Those Perfect Smile With The Help Of Your Orthodontist

Save Those Perfect Smile With The Help Of Your OrthodontistHow’s your smile? The way our teeth and jaws are formed dictate how alluring our smiles are, but they also dictate how well we bite. Sometimes our teeth and jaws require some corrections not just to enhance how they look, but also to improve how well we can use them. When it comes to improper bites or malocclusions, an orthodontist is what we need.

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who works to prevent or correct misaligned teeth and jaws, which are called malocclusions or faulty occlusions. A person may seek this specialist’s services for cosmetic reasons as well as health reasons. Beside the insecurity and low self esteem that dental irregularities may cause, they can also affect a person’s ability to chew and speak. Severely misaligned teeth and jaws can cause snoring, sleep apnea, and other breathing problems. An orthodontist is also instrumental in correcting the teeth and jaws in babies born with cleft lips or cleft palates.

The techniques that an orthodontist uses depend on his or her diagnosis. Diagnoses are usually made by taking x-rays and by having the patient bite down onto a mold to determine the specific alignment of his or her teeth. Correction methods might include braces, retainers or other special devices to realign or guide incoming teeth. In severe malocclusions, the specialist may have to break the jaw bones and wire the jaw shut so that it heals better aligned.


Orthodontic treatment can also be provided to improve the aesthetics of patients’ teeth. Some orthodontists take this to another level and work on improving the aesthetics of patients’ faces; this form of orthodontics is pretty much in the realm of cosmetic dentistry.

For the most part though, orthodontics diagnoses and treats jaw relationship disproportions, teeth irregularity, or both. An orthodontist identifies the dental issues by recognizing the varied characteristics of malocclusions, define and understand the nature of the improper bite, devise a treatment strategy suitable for the situation, and present the strategy to the patient in a way the patient fully comprehends and can base his decisions from.

The dental problems that may cause an adult or child to require dental services can be the result of many factors. Heredity, or dental problems that run in the family, is one of the biggest reasons. This can be because of the bone structure of the jaws, baby teeth that are lost too early, or overcrowding of the teeth. Other reasons include tooth decay and accidents or injuries, all of which affect the structure of the mouth.

An orthodontist can prevent dental irregularities in children by conducting exams before all of the permanent teeth erupt. A child should ideally have his or her first visit with a specialist around the age of seven, especially when there is a family history of crooked teeth and malocclusions. The early intervention takes advantage of the still growing bones of the jaw and pending eruption of the permanent teeth, and it can make future corrections take effect more smoothly and quickly.


Dr. Paventy of Spokane Orthodontics


520 S. Cowley
Spokane, Wa 99216

(509) 822-2710


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