What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialised form of dentistry that focuses on aligning the jaw and straightening the teeth for optimal oral health and appearance. Where and how our teeth sit is directly related to our facial structure, which is why no two sets of teeth are the same. Those working in the orthodontic profession take a patient's overall facial profile into consideration when determining the required treatment.
What does an orthodontist do?
Put simply – the goal of orthodontics is a good bite. Traditional dental treatments simply cannot address these issues at the source which is why we dedicate ourselves to helping patients who suffer from:
- Crooked teeth
- Mild to severe malocclusions (overbites, under bites or cross bites)
- Misaligned jaws
These issues, if not properly addressed, can cause a host of problems later in life such as poor oral health, TMJ Dysfunction (TMD) and lower self-confidence. This is where we come in.
At the Bachmayer Orthodontic Clinic, our knowledge enables our specialist orthodontist, Dr Bachmayer, to effectively align your bite and teeth for enhanced dento-facial aesthetics and function so you can smile proudly.
What qualifications does an orthodontist have?
Orthodontists are specialists in straightening teeth and ensuring the correct alignment of jaws. They have a thorough understanding of dental work because their study has required this.
Those embarking on a career as an orthodontist must first complete an undegraduate degree in dentistry. Once this study is complete, they will go on to postgraduate study in the field of orthodontics. This takes an additional three years.
Once they have practiced orthodontics for several years, they can register themselves as a specialist in orthodontics.
Should I see an orthodontist or a dentist?
Ideally, you should see both. It is very important you that you have regular checkups with your dentist - once every six months is recommended. Your dentist will check to make sure your teeth are in optimal condition and that you are carrying out an effective and regular oral hygiene routine.
If you are suffering from an orthodontic problem your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist. Here at the Bachmayer Orthodontic Clinic, we are also happy to see patients without a referral.
So, if you think you could benefit from seeing an orthodontist, book a consultation with us today.