3 Services Orthodontists Offer Other Than Braces
Orthodontic offices evoke images of metal braces and headgear meant to correct misaligned teeth. But orthodontists offer a wide range of dental and lifestyle treatments – some of which can overlap with a general dentist. If you already have a satisfying relationship with an
Here are a few of the potential treatments an orthodontist can offer other than braces.
Teeth Grinding Treatment
Teeth grinding can wear down the protective enamel layer of your teeth, which leaves the underlying dentin more vulnerable to damage. The grinding can also start to cause problems with your jaw muscles that leads to discomfort and TMJ symptoms.
Your orthodontist can become one part of your treatment plan to stop grinding your teeth. The orthodontist can fit you with a retainer or mouth guard that you will likely need to wear at night, which is when most teeth grinding occurs.
Since teeth grinding is typically the result of stress, your orthodontist might also recommend that you visit a physical and/or psychological therapist to learn relaxation techniques and stretches that can help loosen up your jaw.
When you think of teeth whitening, you might think of the general or cosmetic dentist. But your orthodontist can also provide this service if you are using clear braces for orthodontic treatment.
The trays for clear braces are shaped similarly to the trays used for in-office teeth whitening. Your orthodontist can administer or prescribe a whitening solution to go down in the tray for a certain period of time to help whiten your teeth as they straighten.
Note that you want to follow the advice closely as to when and how long to use the whitening agent. The dentist office strength whiteners can cause severe tooth sensitivity if left on too long.
Sleep Apnea Device
Sleep apnea causes a person to take abnormal breathing breaks while sleeping. There are different types of sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep
Orthodontists can create a custom-fit device that looks a bit like a clear
You might still need to see a secondary doctor to learn what lifestyle changes to