An orthodontist: what they can do for you
An orthodontist practices a specific kind of dentistry. They help patients achieve straighter teeth using dental appliances such as braces or retainers. Orthodontists go through comprehensive training after they qualify as a dentist, so that they can acquire the knowledge and skills for this speciality. Dentists may refer patients to an orthodontist for many reasons, such as problems relating to a patient’s bite pattern or teeth alignment, spacing or rotation. Today and orthodontist has many dental appliances to choose from that can cater to your needs, from traditional fixed metal braces to invisible and lingual braces.
What they do?
Orthodontists, such as those at Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes, help you achieve a healthy and attractive smile. This is done through the use braces or retainers to help align your teeth. An orthodontist will take measurements of your teeth and mouth to help create your braces. This can include taking impressions, photos and scans of your teeth. Once complete, the orthodontist will send a prescription to the lab, where an orthodontic technician will construct your custom-made appliance. During your treatment, regular visits to an orthodontist will allow them to check and adjust your braces and identify any other potential problems.
What is an orthodontic technician?
Orthodontic technicians are responsible for creating braces and retainers prescribed by an orthodontist. Sometimes they will work in the same place as the dental practice, or they can be employed by an outside laboratory specialising in orthodontics.
Dental professionals in the field of orthodontics work together to ensure patients receive the best fit and device for each of their needs. Once the orthodontist receives the finished dental appliance from an orthodontic technician, they assess the fit and work to make any changes to make them more comfortable before you are sent home.
There is usually a period of adjustment after you have your braces fitted, while your mouth adjusts to the metal, ceramic or plastic now placed around your teeth. You may find your speech or the way you eat is affected initially. However, you will soon adapt and be able to enjoy talking and eating as normal.