What is an Orthodontist?


A woman smiling after an orthodontic meeting at Sawrie Orthodontics in Chattanooga, TNYour teeth play many incredibly important roles in your mouth. They allow you to bite and chew your food, help you to speak properly, and provide you with a beautiful smile. The teeth also play an integral role in the health of your jawbone. When your teeth are crooked, more than just your smile is affected. Crooked teeth can increase your risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth damage. They can throw off your bite, leading to bruxism and TMJ pain. At Sawrie Orthodontics, we provide you with the orthodontic treatment you need to restore the health of your mouth and enhance the beauty of your smile.

What is an Orthodontist?


An orthodontist is a dental specialist. Orthodontists specifically focus on improving the alignment of the teeth and jaws to improve oral health, the functioning of the mouth, and the quality of the smile. Just like all other dentists, including general dentists, we attend four years of dental school. After those four years, we go on to attend an additional 2 to 3 years of education and training focusing specifically on orthodontics. We receive a formal education, attend seminars and lectures, and get hands-on experience with real-life patients. We receive extensive knowledge about, and training with, the latest tools and technologies available to help effectively correct the alignment of your teeth and jaws to improve your oral health as well as enhance the beauty of your smile.

What Does an Orthodontist Do?


As orthodontists, we are experienced in treating some different alignment issues. Issues we can treat include
•  Overcrowding. Overcrowding is one of the most common issues we treat. This issue is often caused by not enough space to accommodate the teeth. In some cases, it can be caused by teeth erupting unevenly.
•  Spacing issues. This an issue that occurs when there are spaces between your teeth, creating gaps. Spacing issues in one area of the mouth can create overcrowding in another. For some, all of the teeth are spaced too widely apart.
•  Overbites and underbites. An overbite occurs when the upper jaw protrudes too far out over the bottom jaw. An underbite, on the other hand, is when the lower front teeth protrude out in front of the upper front teeth.
•  Crossbites. A cross bite is when one or more of your teeth in the upper jaw falls inside of the teeth in the lower jaw.
•  Openbites. An openbite occurs when the top front teeth do not properly overlap the bottom front teeth. Instead, there is an open space between the top and bottom front teeth when you bite down. This issue is commonly caused by tongue thrusting or thumb sucking.


Orthodontics for All Ages


While orthodontic treatment is commonly associated with adolescents, we can provide orthodontic treatment for all ages. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7 to detect developing orthodontic issues and predict the likelihood of issues in the future. We can take action at a younger age, allowing for less invasive treatments later. In some cases, the need for orthodontic treatment later can be eliminated.

In addition to providing treatment for children and adolescents, we can also provide treatment for adults. Some adults may not have been able to afford treatment at a younger age. Others may have undergone treatment, but are experiencing an orthodontic relapse. Regardless of your need for orthodontic treatment as an adult, we can provide you with the treatment you need to restore your oral health and your smile.

Orthodontic Treatments


We provide some different types of orthodontic treatments including
•  Traditional braces. These braces use metal brackets and wires to align your teeth. The wires attach to the brackets with elastic O-rings.
•  Damon braces. Damon braces use metal brackets and wires as well. Instead of O-rings though, the wires attach to the brackets through small doors that have sliding mechanisms. These brackets are self-litigating, meaning they tighten automatically as your teeth shift.
•  Damon Clear. Damon Clear is similar to Damon braces except that the brackets are ceramic or clear material. This makes treatment more discreet.
•  Invisalign. Invisalign involves the use of clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. In addition to being completely clear, and therefore practically invisible, the aligners are removable.

If crooked teeth are affecting your smile and your quality of life, orthodontics can help. Call Sawrie Orthodontics at (423) 624-8217 today to schedule your consultation.

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We are conveniently located on Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and on Taft Highway on Signal Mountain.

Chattanooga

(423) 624-8217
1612 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Signal Mountain

(423) 624-8217
1229 Taft Highway
Signal Mountain, TN 37377
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