La Grange, IL – Are you tired of a crooked, crowded or otherwise imperfect smile? Have you been researching orthodontic treatment and think you have everything you need to choose the treatment that is best for you?
With Google ready to answer any question we may have, it’s easy to think that we may have the best answer to what our orthodontic issue is and what treatment might be best to correct it. But your orthodontist may have another plan.
While your orthodontist should always listen to your thoughts and take your lifestyle into consideration when crafting a treatment plan, it’s important to remember that you are only working with part of the picture. You can look in the mirror and see teeth that are crowded or crooked, but do you know what is causing that? Can you identify an overbite, or a crossbite?
The truth is, orthodontics is a very specific craft that has to take into account not just what is readily seen in the mouth, but what might be hiding below the gums, as well.
That’s why at your initial consultation, your orthodontist in La Grange will take X-rays and photos of your mouth. These, along with a physical examination, allow your orthodontist to assess what issues you are facing. He or she will be able to see if you have impacted or missing teeth, differences in tooth size, how your jaw is positions, if there are any concerns with how your jaw may grow and much more. Your orthodontist will then create a treatment plan that properly addresses any issues you may have.
In some cases, you may hope that a treatment such as Invisalign is right for treating your issues. You’ve researched it and love that it is removable and virtually invisible, so you can straighten your teeth without changing your lifestyle much or shouting to the world that you’re wearing braces. But your orthodontist may tell you that you aren’t a good candidate for Invisalign.
Why might that be? In some more severe cases, Invisalign just isn’t as effective as traditional braces. For example, if you have a large overbite, you may need more advanced orthodontic treatment that can shift the jaw to its proper location to correct the malocclusion. Additionally, children and younger teenagers aren’t usually good candidates for Invisalign because their teeth and jaws are still growing.
At your initial consultation, your orthodontist will discuss treatment options with you. This is the time to discuss your desires and goals for your treatment, and to share any concerns you may have.
Your orthodontist will recommend the treatment plan he or she believes will provide the best results, while taking into consideration any concerns you may have.
Your orthodontist will also discuss alternative treatment plans, including non-treatment. He or she will discuss all the benefits and drawbacks to each. Depending on your issue, you may have multiple options available to meet your goals, or you may have only one or two.
The most important thing to remember about orthodontics is that each case has its own unique issues and will require an individualized treatment plan. That means that you can never compare your treatment plan to someone else’s because yours has been crafted just for you to meet your specific needs. You and your best friend may be seeing the same orthodontist, but you may have very different issues so your treatment will be different.
When making the decision to receive orthodontic treatment, it is good to be informed, but it is also important to keep an open mind and listen to the advice of your orthodontist.
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