Beautiful Smiles are Forever
An important part of caring for your child’s well-being is having healthy teeth that are properly aligned.
Facts to be considered:
The goal of dentistry is prevention. Early examination can intercept problems that are developing. The optimum age that a patient should be examined orthodontically is eight (8) years old. Researchers have reported that certain problems are best treated by interception BEFORE all permanent teeth have erupted. Don’t wait; your child might lose permanent teeth if you do!! Because most orthodontists do not charge for the first visit, you have nothing to lose and will gain peace of mind by knowing that you were not too late.
The orthodontist has two to three years of specialized training beyond dental school. It is important that the orthodontist have certification from the American Board of Orthodontics. Not all orthodontists have this diplomate certification. Ask about it! Also, ask friends, family members, your dentist or pediatrician to recommend a reputable orthodontist.
The most common types of problems are tooth impaction, uneven jaw growth, crowded and overlapping teeth, spaces between teeth, congenitally missing teeth, malformed teeth, etc. If these problems are not corrected, the consequences may be:
- improper development and deterioration of gum tissue and bone,
- jaw joint malfunction (TMJ and facial muscle pain),
- loss of healthy teeth,
- shifting of teeth
There are many types of braces and many different methods of treatment. Dentally uneducated people look only at the cosmetic side of orthodontics. As important, or more important, is how teeth function. Although the front teeth may be aligned, that does not mean that a healthy occlusion (bite) has been established throughout the mouth. When you have your initial meeting with the orthodontist, ask him/her to show you completed cases of the whole mouth rather than just the front smile.
REMEMBER: A beautiful smile enriches those who receive it without diminishing those who give it.
The dental information on this Web site is provided for educational purposes only. The information provided in this site, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for dental or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your dentist or other healthcare provider. If you believe you have a dental emergency you should call your dentist immediately. If you have any questions regarding your health or a medical condition, you should promptly consult your physician.Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu. When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. I thought about that smile; then I realized its worth. A single smile, just like mine, could travel ‘round the earth. So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected. Let’s start an epidemic quick…and get the world infected. Emanuel Wasserman, D.D.S., M.S.D. Orthodontics for Children and Adults 435 North Roxbury Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310)274-0701 www.mbraceu.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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