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Do I Need To Go To An Orthodontist?

Updated: Dec 28, 2022


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To help you get straight teeth and a healthy mouth, here are some tips from Dr. Walker for knowing if and when you need an orthodontist near Acton, MA.

Malocclusion

One indicator that you need an orthodontist is if your teeth are not straight. Orthodontists specialize in the alignment of teeth, and you need one if you want to straighten your teeth. Misalignment of teeth can come in many shapes and forms including gaping teeth, misaligned jaws, overcrowding, and more. Other than your teeth not being “ready for their closeup,” these issues could also be causing more serious health problems. Misaligned teeth affect your overall oral hygiene and health by making regular brushing and flossing more difficult. They also may be causing tooth decay or gum disease.

Pain

Another indicator that you need an orthodontist is if you are experiencing pain in your mouth. Many times, painful orthodontic issues can be fixed by your orthodontist by using traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners, a retainer, or some other orthodontic technique. If you are an orthodontic patient, or if you are a candidate for treatment, and you are experiencing pain of any degree, Dr. Walker says that you should see an orthodontist as soon as possible so the problem can be addressed and your pain can be relieved.

Listen to Your Dentist

If your dentist suggests you consult an orthodontist, take his or her advice. Dentists are usually the first ones to spot any problem areas in or around your teeth and mouth. While a dentist may notice these issues first, an orthodontist is needed to treat and correct the problem. Orthodontists are specialists in the alignment of teeth and are qualified more to fix any misalignment issues than dentists are.

Schedule an Assessment

Say you just want to check out how healthy your teeth and mouth are. It is never too soon or too late to visit Dr. Walker and assess how your teeth are growing in or have grown in, if orthodontics is something to consider now or in the future, or if any other serious orthodontic problems might benefit from an early intervention. Necessary dentistry for children can begin at the age of 3.

Dr. Walker of Walker Orthodontics can help to cure an array of issues and make sure patients receive the perfect smile they have always wanted. For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Walker on what orthodontic treatment is best for you, contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 345-7988.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other orthodontic-related topics, feel free to contact Walker Orthodontics, with convenient orthodontic offices in Harvard & Lunenburg, by calling 978.345.7988 or clicking here to request your complimentary, no-obligation Walker Orthodontics Smile Assessment.

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