I never really knew or understood what orthodontics was, and so I decided to do a little reading about it. I know that we learned about some general things to do with teeth and jaws when we were in school, but that was so long ago that I’m not really sure I remember much of what it was. I know that when you learn anatomy you also learn how those things work together. But I never went to dental school, and so I was curious what my orthodontist knew about my teeth and my mouth that I did not know. I started to read up on some of what they can do with your gums and your jaw, and that really is the extent of what it is all about. They are the ones who deal with your teeth and the roots of your teeth. The teeth include the gums, and the roots are in the jaws, so those are included as well. And that is about all of it. They are so aware of what happens when you move or rotate the roots of a tooth that they know exactly what to do when there is pain or there is a cavity. The orthodontist also knows about what happens inside the tooth when there is a cavity or there is something else that is a problem. They know what happens inside the tooth when the cavity is formed, and what it is that causes the cavity to be formed in the first place. Because it is with that knowledge that they are able to then do what they can to stop the cavity from forming or going any deeper.
Not only that, but orthodontist also deal with the improper bite, when you have an over or an under bite, and they are able to correct that with the use of braces or other devices that they use to straighten out the jaw. They also do preventive treatment for the gums and the teeth, in case there is any chance of gum disease that may run in the family. When the dentist is done cleaning and inspecting the teeth, if there is any problem that they are not sure how to unravel, then they would take it to an orthodontist to then figure out what is going on and what can be done to fix it. They would know about the gum disease and the over and under bite and what needs to be done to get the problem fixed before it can get any worse. The patient goes to them when they have problems that are a bit more major than any other problem that they would generally just take to the dentist. It makes a lot of sense to do it this way, because then everyone can be specialized in what they do the best, and they can delve a bit deeper into their store of knowledge instead of trying to be a generalist to all the different aspects of the teeth and gums.