A general dentist can provide a plethora of services aimed at preventing and treating oral health concerns, from filling in cavities, to restoration work. But professionals such as our Chicago, IL, dentist who are trained in orthodontic care can treat misaligned and crooked teeth and bite conditions such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites, among others. We'll explore what sets orthodontic care apart, but to learn more please contact the office of Lake View Dental Associates, with Dr. Scott Emalfarb and Dr. Arielle Wulfsohn.
More Than Aesthetics
Dental braces are what we most commonly associate with an orthodontist and orthodontic care. These devices work by slowly pushing our teeth into place and by doing so, correcting problems related to jaw development, spacing, and crooked teeth.
There is the misconception by some that these treatments are merely aesthetic, but problems like crowding, for example, could result in difficult to clean spaces between the teeth, which can make them more difficult to keep clean and thus could lead to cavities and gum disease.
Bite conditions can create difficulty while eating and with speech, and the resulting tension of some of these can bring undue stress to the jaw which itself can bring about headaches, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), or both. They can also cause our teeth to wear over time, eroding away the enamel, and may even damage them to the point of chipping and cracking.
Straighter teeth are certainly more attractive, but they are also generally healthier as they help us prevent undue complications.
Orthodontics in Chicago, IL
A general dentist can protect us from the damaging effects of plaque as well as provide other basic, but key, aspects of dental care. But for those of us with misaligned teeth or a bite condition, orthodontic intervention may be necessary to keep our smile safe.
If you believe orthodontic care can improve your smile then begin by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Emalfarb and Dr. Wulfsohn of Lake View Dental Associates in the Lakeview and Chicago, IL, area by dialing (773) 472-6322.