Orthodontics is a specialized field that focuses on treating patients who have malocclusions or the improper positioning of the upper and bottom teeth when the mouth is closed. A malocclusion, more popularly known as a bad bite, refers to misaligned, crooked teeth.
A dentist who practices orthodontics is called an orthodontist and they use a range of dental devices to treat the following issues:
- Gaps in between teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
Generally speaking, a malocclusion does not affect one’s physical health. However, it has an impact on the appearance of their face and smile, leading to low self-esteem, embarrassment, and even depression. Moreover, malocclusions affect speech, eating and oral hygiene.
Orthodontic treatment usually starts when a child is about 12-13 years old, when the teeth have fully developed. However, numerous adults also receive orthodontic treatment to improve their smile.
To find out if you can benefit from orthodontic treatment, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodpaster at Cherry Creek Dental Spa.