What Is Orthodontics?

Teeth with bracesOrthodontics is a type of dentistry, which specializes in the correction of teeth placement and jaw alignment. Typically orthodontics is practiced on children so that they have their adult teeth corrected before they are fully aligned.

Most orthodontists, especially E&S Orthodontics in Peoria recommend that you see an orthodontist from age 7. The reason is that at age 7 an orthodontist can conduct a specialist screening which predicts what may occur to your teeth as you grow up.

This specialist screening includes x-rays of your teeth to show the location of all teeth and how they are growing. Typically regular dentists do not conduct the kinds of x-rays that are conducted by orthodontists, as they don’t have the correct equipment.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth environment, straighter teeth, a more pleasing smile and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

When seeking the advice of an orthodontist there are a number of different diagnoses that they may make. This is because each particular teeth alignment or jaw alignment problem has a particular medical name.