Orthodontia is a dental specialty which focuses on the treatment of anomalies in the teeth and jaws. Orthodontists treat many alignment problems such as malocclusion which is a misalignment of the teeth that causes problems like an overbite. One of the most common forms of treatment orthodontists use for most problems are braces. However, some patients opt to wear a retainer, or other specialized headgear, to correct the problem without braces. Orthodontists can also help patients with congenital deformities or serious jaw injuries.
Orthodontists first train in general dentistry. Once they obtain their bachelor's degree, they spend an additional four years of study and practical application to receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. During this time, some dentists also complete an extended residency period. The next step is a post-graduate orthodontic program to learn the specialty techniques required for that practice. An orthodontic training program lasts two to four years.
It’s a common misconception that orthodontists only treat teens and young adults still going through development, but adults can also benefit from orthodontia. Orthodontia isn't just for cosmetic purposes either. It’s a specialized study of dentistry used to help improve oral health and protect the teeth and jaw. For instance, if teeth are crooked they can cause uneven wear, increasing the risk of decay or breakage. When teeth are too crowded, they become more difficult to keep clean which can result in the increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease, while a serious overbite or underbite can cause jaw pain and difficulty chewing.
Orthodontists can help in these areas.
All types of health care, including dental, have a cost associated with them. However, preventive treatments will cost much less than if a problem goes untreated and progressively gets worse. If left untreated, the cost can be much higher overall. Orthodontia is a specialized treatment so it’s more expensive and time-consuming than routine dental care, but insurance will often cover much of the cost, particularly if the treatment is to improve function. Most dentists offer payment plans to help minimize out-of-pocket costs.
At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
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