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Should I Visit an Orthodontist? (FACTS IN 2018)

“I don’t have problems, should I still visit an orthodontist?” Millions of people of all ages visit their local orthodontist to help correct misalignment and crowding issues affecting their smiles. Unfortunately, a lot of people choose not to visit their local orthodontist.  This is because they don’t feel like they have a bad enough problem with overcrowding. This results in a smile that is less than desirable and can affect a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Keep in mind that you’re never too old to get braces, so it’s important to talk to your local professional to see if they can fit you for orthodontic appliances and begin your treatment.

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Should I Visit an Orthodontist?

It is the orthodontist’s job to help correct misalignment problems with your teeth. If your teeth are severely crowded or are misaligned, you could easily benefit from having braces put on. The orthodontic team works diligently to carefully and slowly straighten the teeth. This leaves you with a smile that you will feel proud to show off to the world. Orthodontic professionals may also use other appliances during your treatment. This is to ensure that your smile is in the best shape that it has ever been in and for the results to last a long time.

 

What If I Don’t Have Problems with My Teeth?

If you look in the mirror, you might think that your teeth are straight enough or that they’re perfectly straight without any problems. Unfortunately, millions of people assume that they won’t benefit from orthodontic treatment only to find that they actually could benefit from visiting their local office. There are many things that happen when you visit an orthodontic office. For one, braces aren’t the only thing that these experts can do for their patients. In some cases, you may have issues with a mouth that is too small or an overbite or under-bite.

This is something that can affect the structure of your jaw and face. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your local office and have them do an x-ray to see how and where they can help you out. It is the professional’s job to let you know whether or not you’ll benefit from orthodontic work. In many cases, people visit their local office only to be told that they do not need to have this type of work done on their teeth.

However, even slight misalignment issues can easily benefit from orthodontics. Your local professional can help you to get fitted for the right appliances and begin the process of obtaining a gorgeous, straight and bright smile that you can feel proud of for life. Also, keep in mind that orthodontic work can be done on children, teens as well as adults.

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Invisalign, in particular, is one of the better options for those who have only minor overcrowding and misalignment. These clear plastic trays, or aligners, are able to correct small issues easily and quickly. Invisalign is practically invisible to the naked eye and is a perfect way to straighten teeth that are both severely misaligned and only minimally problematic.  While most dentists offer clear aligners like Invisalign, an orthodontist has extra training beyond dental school that makes them uniquely qualified to treat your orthodontic problems. It is your job to make routine trips to their office to assess the fit of the trays to make sure your teeth are moving properly. This is what will straighten your teeth and get them looking their absolute best.

 

How Orthodontics Works

If you visit an orthodontist you’ll find you will have a range of different appliances that are specific to a variety of different oral problems. If you have an issue with your mouth being too small, your orthodontic team might fit you for an expander, or palate spreader. This device will gently spread out the palate of the mouth to make it larger and easier for you when it comes to eating and getting dental work done. Invisalign is a new option for people who want to straighten their smile without the world knowing about it. You can talk to your professional team to see which option is right for you. This is always done before you begin the plan that they’ve established for you.

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What to Expect

If you’re getting orthodontic work done, it is absolutely imperative that you visit the office as prescribed by the orthodontist. This is for fittings and adjustments. Failing to visit their office regularly, you’ll find that this extends the time you’re in the appliances, and thus the length of time that you have to go to the office. If you have some type of insurance, this can easily benefit you when it comes to paying for the work that needs to be done. If you do not have coverage, many offices will be more than willing to put you on a payment plan. This flexibility makes orthodontic treatment affordable for most people.

 

How to Maintain Results

It is imperative that if you’re going through all of this work that you do everything that you can to maintain the results. The best way to do this is to wear the retainer provided to you after treatment is complete. The retainer helps to keep your smile as straight as possible if worn as prescribed. In fact, while many patients don’t feel they need to, it should be worn “nighttime for a lifetime!”

This will keep the teeth looking straight and beautiful without needing additional orthodontic work done. If your retainer is getting older, it’s recommended that you have a new appliance made by your local office. Retainers can last anywhere from three to five years and generally need to be replaced after they get older than this.

Making Your Appointment

So, visit an orthodontist to begin the process of straightening your teeth and improving your confidence. You’ll want to contact Nease and Higginbotham Orthodontics. They are working together to help straighten and improve smiles in the Spartanburg area. If you’re interested in making an appointment with Nease and Higginbotham Orthodontics, contact their office at 864-579-7700.

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2455 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29307
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Should I Visit an Orthodontist? (FACTS IN 2018)

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