Dental Specialty: The Orthodontist
The Orthodontist at centre Dentaire Anjou
Centre Dentaire Anjou is proud to have among its team several dental specialists who devote their entire practice to one of the specialties of the dental field. Among them, we find Dr. Julie Caron, orthodontist, who is happy to offer a full range of orthodontic services to treat dental malocclusion problems. In what follows, we will tell you more about this specialty in the world of dentistry!
Training of an Orthodontist
Anyone who wishes to become a specialist in one of the 10 disciplines of dentistry that are recognized by the Ordre des Dentistes du Québec must first complete a doctorate in dental medicine, lasting 4 to 5 years. This allows to obtain the title of Doctor of Dental Medicine, also known as a general dentist. Then, to become a dental specialist, a full-time residency must be completed which represents an additional 2 to 4 years of study. It is only after this additional training is completed that a person can hold the title of dental specialist, such as the orthodontist.
During their training, an orthodontist acquires knowledge (http://www.fdsq.qc.ca/fr/ortho.htm)in many fields like anatomy, genetics, the development of the human body and the growth of the jaw and other dentofacial structures
Why consult an Orthodontist?
The orthodontist’s goal is to ensure the normal development of the teeth and jaws and, when the need arises, to correct the problems which affect them. In fact, orthodontics is the speciality that monitors the development of dentofacial structures in order to provide patients with good dental occlusion, that is to say well aligned teeth and a balanced relationship between the upper jaw and the bottom jaw.
The orthodontist can assess and treat dental malocclusion problems, which can manifest themselves in different forms:
- Misaligned teeth (crooked), overlapping or too far apart from each other.
- Teeth that have grown in the wrong place in the mouth, or on the wrong axis of rotation
- A bad relationship between the jaws, i.e., the upper jaw which is too far forward in relation to the lower one, and vice versa;
- Dental openings, which is poor contact between the upper teeth and the lower teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can be used to correct the problems mentioned above, but also to intercept them at a younger age while the child is in development. Thus avoiding the serious consequences associated with these problems.
The Benefits of Orthodontics
Of course, performing orthodontic treatment provides benefits for the aesthetic appearance of the smile. However, do not believe that these are the only advantages of correcting dental malocclusion problems. Indeed, better aligned teeth are often easier to clean during the daily oral hygiene routine. This helps prevent the development of certain pathologies such as cavities or gum problems. In addition, in more severe cases, malocclusion problems can affect the functional qualities of the teeth, particularly with regard to chewing, digestion and pronunciation.
Finally, we must always keep in mind that the results provided by orthodontics are permanent. The patient enjoys the many benefits of good dental occlusion and beautifully aligned teeth for the rest of their life!