What does an orthodontist do?

When it comes time to decide who you should see about orthodontic treatment (braces or clear aligners) there is some information you should be aware of.  While you might think of an orthodontist as someone who just straightens teeth, there is much more that orthodontists do. Not only do they straighten teeth and align bites, they also help correct irregular jaw growth. This is one of the main differences between a dentist and an orthodontist. While dentists do receive some training on orthodontics, an orthodontist attends a residency program after dental school. During this 2-3 year residency program they do nothing but learn and practice orthodontics.

Since most people focus on their front teeth and not their bite or how their jaws line up, it is understandable that many people do not think orthodontists correct these things. However, every orthodontist is trained in diagnosing and correcting malocclusions and aligning teeth and bites. Of course, there is a significant benefit to having straight teeth including increased confidence and self-esteem.

What types of braces are there?

There are a number of different types of braces used by orthodontists and they are not like the braces used in generations past. The types of braces used today are much less noticeable, much smaller, and are less prone to breaking off the teeth due to advances in the orthodontic materials used. Longview orthodontist Mack and Hansen Orthodontics at 801 Medical Circle, Suite E, Longview, TX 75605 (903-212-7737) provides numerous types of braces at affordable prices. For more information on the types of braces including metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign clear aligners, visit www.etxortho.com.

What do I have to do differently if I am wearing braces?

It is important that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time while you are wearing braces. Even better, you should be brushing after every meal. Additionally, you want to do your best to avoid sugary drinks and acidic foods and drinks while undergoing orthodontics treatment. The reason for this is over time, areas of decalcification can start to appear on your teeth. These areas are commonly known as white spots. It is also important to avoid crunchy hard foods like chips and crackers, pretzels and peanuts. These types of foods are more likely to cause brackets to break.

For more information, be sure to consult an orthodontist.

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