When Should You see an Orthodontist

Orthodontists can help with making your teeth move, and can realign a crooked smile into one that’s healthy and straight.  If you’re looking to have a straighter, prettier smile, then it’s worth it.

The main reason people see orthodontists is because of malocclusion, which is a bad bite. Orthodontists will help straighten out teeth and improve the bite by correcting how they fit, and how the jaws line up. They might use trays, brackets, and even appliances including headgear which will attach around the head or neck to move about, and they can also hold the teeth in position with it.  General dentists usually refer patients to this, and sometimes doctors and pediatricians do as well, especially if a child doesn’t like how their teeth are, or if they’re teased because of them.

Orthodontists need to complete 4 years of dental school along with orthodontics, and usually, most dentists can treat minor problems, but if it’s bigger than that, you have to see an orthodontist.

Most of the time, they’re seen because they want to straighten their teeth, but also fix their bite. If you have teeth that are crowded, that suffer from under or over-bite, then it’s high time you do see a dentist because often, they can work to help fix the problem, and it can make you feel better.


Nowadays, due to the fact that many people are switching to aligners, straightening teeth has never been easier. they’re invisible, so it won’t bring attention to your teeth, and they’ll naturally straighten them so you don’t have to worry about it. Plus, it makes upkeep way easier since you don’t have to worry about troublesome brackets.

Teeth that are crooked or crowded can lead to gum disease, which is a very troublesome situation to deal with and is something that never truly goes away, and can lead to teeth loss if you’re not careful.

it’s recommended for children to see an orthodontist around age 7, even without issues, so that they can be caught early.  The typical adult can see the orthodontist, and usually, they can get customized treatment that takes anywhere from 1-3 years.

The best way to choose one that works for you is to find one that can cater to your needs, that knows what they’re doing, and f they offer a family discount, that works.  You should also go in for a free, or low-cost consultation in order to figure out what you’re going to get from it.  It also will allow to check to see if there are issues with the jaw muscle clicking or grindings and even measuring the protrusion of the teeth.  You can from there get an estimate of how much it’ll cost, the length, and the goals. Payments can be done broken up, and if you want to have that go for the duration of the treatment, it’s usually the best way to do it. But, the dentist will ultimately offer treatment plans that can make it easier on your wallet.

Orthodontists can help change your smile, and they can ultimately make you feel better too.