After completing dental school, orthodontists study for three additional years in the structural alignment of the mouth. As an orthodontist, a dental professional does smile design, but from the inside out. They know where your teeth should be, and they know how to get them there.
Orthodontic practice is mostly just braces, and trendier alternatives like Invisalign and lingual braces. But orthodontics also goes deep: for instance, our orthodontist in Van Nuys is an expert in malocclusion—or bad bite. Typically, malocclusion traces to a birth defect that left the jaw badly aligned, or in bad company with the teeth. In extreme circumstances, the jaw must be broken before any restructuring can happen.
The more superficial acts of cosmetic dentistry just deal with how the teeth look—their color and condition. Orthodontics plays a longer game—it is all about careful planning and slow movement.
Issues addressed by orthodontists include:
• Impacted teeth
• Overcrowded teeth
• Gapped or spaced teeth
• Crossbite, overbite, and underbite
Full health and functionality of the mouth are the objectives of orthodontists. If you or your child needs braces, you can call our Van Nuys cosmetic dentist today.