Here is a list of some typical problems that may need to be addressed and why.
- Moving front teeth back to prevent injury.
- Improving and guiding the growth and development of the upper and lower jaws.
- Minimizing and preventing the removal of permanent teeth.
- Intervening to possibly avoid later involved treatment.
- Improving a child's facial appearance and speech development.
- Taking advantage of good cooperation at an early age.
These are just a few of the things that orthodontists typically look for when seeing a child at an early age. Getting to know a patient early can definitely help in establishing a healthy and beautiful smile because this is ultimately a team effort that involves the patient, the family dentist and the orthodontist.
Why go to an orthodontist? An orthodontist is a dentist who has spent 2 to 3 years in a specialty residency program focused on tooth movement, facial development and how teeth fit together to provide optimal function and esthetics. For example: if you had a heart condition , you would not see your general physician, you would see a cardiologist. Just the same, if you needed your teeth straight or your bite fixed, you would go to an orthodontist.