For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment. But for Dr. Joseph Porter at Porter Orthodontics, the correct function of your bite is far more important. A malocclusion, or bad bite, can cause serious problems over a lifetime if left untreated. Loss of tooth structure, TMJ problems and even bone loss can occur if a malocclusion is not corrected before permanent damage occurs.
- An orthodontist completes several years of extensive training beyond dental school to become an expert at correcting jaw problems and straightening teeth.
- A dentist may see only a handful of cases a year amid all their drilling and filling. An orthodontist only practices orthodontics and treats hundreds of cases a year.
- An orthodontist doesn’t clean teeth, fill cavities, extract teeth or perform any of the routine procedures offered by your general dentist. It is not our area of expertise.
So be sure to see your dentist every six months for cleaning and checkups while wearing braces.
When it comes to the challenges and complexities of orthodontic treatment, most people prefer a specialist well trained and experienced. You can depend on name practice for the best of both worlds: a well functioning bite and the smile of your life!
Watch this video created by the American Association of Orthodontics. It discusses why you should choose an orthodontist when considering orthodontic treatment.