Social movements in America over the last couple of centuries have resulted in many kinds of fashion. Along with all the clothing, hair, and make-up styles that came and went, one style has remained consistent. Americans, more so than any other population in the world, value a perfectly aligned smile that’s white and healthy. As a result, those with imperfect teeth may be hesitant to share their smile with others. For these patients, orthodontic and restorative care can be important parts of helping them become proud to share their smiles freely.
The Best Approach To Orthodontic And Restorative Care
When a patient requires both orthodontic and restorative care, there is often a question of which should come first. In the majority of cases, the correct answer is simple. Restorative care has many benefits for your teeth that will be important during the orthodontic process. Through dental bonding, fillings, and endodontic treatments, the natural durability of your teeth is restored. This allows them to withstand the pressures applied during the orthodontic process without risk of further damage. However, this is the first of many reasons restoration care is often the best starting point. Consider the following:
- Realignment vs. Restoration – Orthodontics aims to realign and reposition your teeth within your mouth. Some forms of orthodontic care can also account for concerns such as crossbite, overbite, etc.; when your teeth have been put back into position, all existing decay must be addressed. Failure can make these concerns harder to address after the fact. Restoration ensures they’ll remain healthy once back in position.
- Cost VS Results – When cost is a concern, many patients may think saving for the more costly orthodontic care is the best approach. This is often not the case. Restoration care helps to protect your teeth against existing and advancing decay. Without taking steps to address the existing problems, your teeth could suffer before you can afford orthodontic care.
- Isolated Vs. Combined Treatment – In instances where you’ll be working with many specialists to address your issue, this can complicate matters. These cases often require multiple visits to your dental professionals, which may impact the proper order of care.
An effective step is to stay connected with all the individuals involved in your care. Working with them can help you discern the right approach for your oral health. They’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan to ensure you get the best-looking smile possible. Along with the improved appearance of your teeth, you’ll also experience improved oral health for a lifetime.
Work With Your Dental Provider To Develop A Treatment Plan
Every year, new techniques and approaches are devised to improve the effectiveness of dental care. These advances offer new opportunities for patients and dentists alike in treating patients’ oral health. Working with your dentist may reveal the latest techniques and change your treatment plan approach. Start with a consultation with your dentist today!