What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is more than simply “straightening crooked teeth.” It's a special area of dentistry that focuses on
your bite, skeletal and dental relationships, facial aesthetics and form. As a specialist, the orthodontist works closely with your general dentist and other dental specialists to provide you with the comprehensive dental care.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed at least four continuous years of additional training in
orthodontics at an accredited university after graduation from dental school. Although some general and
pediatric dentists perform orthodontic treatment, it is often very limited and only for a few patients..
Why should you see an orthodontist?
Most patients come to the orthodontist because they are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth. And in fact, studies have shown that an attractive smile can increase self-confidence and directly influence success in your personal or professional life.
In addition to aesthetic reasons, some patients are referred to an orthodontist for functional reasons. Crooked, crowded teeth are difficult to clean and susceptible to decay or gum problems. Some kinds of imperfect bites can aggravate joint discomfort (TMD). Some adults require orthodontics as one of the stages in restorative dentistry (i.e., implants, crowns and bridges).
It is estimated that 80 percent of the population would benefit from orthodontic treatment. If you are uncomfortable about your smile or if the dentist recommends bite correction, orthodontics has the answers for a lifetime.
How do you start?
Once you have determined that it's time to see the orthodontist, just call our office. During first visit, we will ask some questions concerning your dental and medical history. We will listen carefully to what you wish to achieve from treatment. We may also take some orthodontic diagnostic records consisting of X-rays of your head and jaws, photographs of your teeth and face and study models of your teeth. This data, as well as information from your initial examination, is used to make a complete diagnosis and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Then, Dr. V. Selcuk Cinar will perform a thorough visual examination and give you a summary of the orthodontic condition he sees.