Orthodontics may sound like a complicated topic, but it is simply a branch of dentistry that deals with correcting irregularities in teeth and jaws. While some people may think that orthodontic treatment is purely for aesthetics, the truth is that it provides a range of benefits that go far beyond just good looks.
"Orthodontic treatment is about improving people’s oral and overall health, increasing their self-esteem, and, of course, a smile that radiates confidence. It’s a time of growth, as patients see the change in their appearance and start to feel more comfortable with how they look. From visit-to-visit, I get to watch my patient transform and share their excitement," says Dr. Laurie Parks, an orthodontist in Frisco, TX and the founder of GoaLine Orthodontics.
Let us find out more about the importance of investing in your smile.
Why is orthodontics important?
Improved oral health: Crooked or misaligned teeth often have hard-to-reach areas leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can help close gaps and straighten teeth which will make it easier for you to brush and floss effectively. At the same time, orthodontic treatment can prevent dental issues that may arise due to misaligned teeth or an improper bite. These can include uneven tooth wear, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), and tooth loss due to gum disease.
Correct bite and function: Overbites, underbites, and crossbites are common dental issues that can affect chewing, speaking, and even breathing. Orthodontic treatment can correct these issues, thus improving overall function. Properly aligned teeth and a correct bite enable efficient chewing and grinding of food, facilitating better digestion and nutrient absorption. It can also help to alleviate jaw pain, headaches, and even a strain on the neck or shoulders that can occur due to an improper bite.
Boosts self-esteem: An attractive smile is a key aspect of being able to present oneself with confidence. Straightening teeth and improving facial harmony can enhance one's appearance, giving your self-esteem a major boost. Malocclusion and misaligned teeth can also contribute to speech problems such as lisps or difficulty pronouncing certain words. Orthodontic treatment can correct these issues, allowing for better articulation and leading to greater success in both personal and professional settings.
Preventing further severe issues: Protruding teeth are more susceptible to injury during accidents or sports activities. Orthodontic treatment can reposition these teeth, reducing the risk of damage. Additionally, orthodontic treatment can also reduce the risk of other oral injuries such as bites on the tongue or cheeks. With children, early intervention and treatment can address developing orthodontic issues, simplifying or shortening treatment time and leading to better long-term results.
How to choose a good orthodontist?
Education and credentials: Look for an orthodontist who is highly educated and has undergone rigorous training in the field of orthodontics. This could include completing an accredited orthodontic residency program and obtaining a specialty license in orthodontics. They should also be a member of professional organizations. For instance, Dr. Parks has a Master of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Orthodontics. In addition, she is a member in good standing of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the Southwest Society of Orthodontists.
Experience and expertise: Experience matters, so choose an orthodontist who has been practicing for at least five years in the field of orthodontics. Additionally, you may want to seek out an orthodontist who has specific experience or expertise in treating your particular issue, whether it be overcrowding, overbite, underbite, or other alignment issues. A good orthodontist should have a list of their previous successful cases and testimonials from satisfied patients to share with you.
Treatment options: Not all orthodontists offer the same range of services. Be sure to check that the orthodontist offers the specific treatment options you require, such as traditional braces, clear aligners, or state-of-the-art treatments. They should be willing to discuss the pros and cons of different treatment options with you, providing recommendations based on your unique needs and lifestyle.
Communication and bedside manner: A good orthodontist should be able to communicate clearly and effectively with you. They should explain treatment plans and procedures clearly in a way that is easy for you to understand so that you can make an informed decision. A good bedside manner and an approachable and empathetic attitude will help you to have a stress-free experience during treatment. This friendliness and professionalism should also extend to all the staff in the clinic.
About GoaLine Orthodontics
Choosing a good orthodontist is an important decision, as it can significantly impact your overall experience and treatment outcome. GoaLine Orthodontics is an excellent option if you are looking for an orthodontist that meets all of the above-mentioned criteria. Practicing orthodontics since 2005, Dr. Parks is highly experienced and respected in the field and has successfully treated numerous patients with a variety of orthodontic issues.
At GoaLine Orthodontics, Dr. Parks and her team pride themselves on personalized patient care and are committed to helping people of all ages achieve healthy and confident smiles. They offer appointment times that are convenient for busy schedules and a range of payment options to make treatment affordable. To schedule a complimentary consultation, visit goalineortho.com or call (972) 712-2700.