Orthodontic Screening Expectations

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An orthodontic screening is necessary so that Dr. Igel knows what is going on inside your mouth, and so that he will know which type of treatment option is best suitable for your situation. During the first screening, you can expect to receive orthodontic x-rays that will be used as a part of your orthodontic diagnostic records. The X-rays give Dr. Igel an in-depth view of your teeth, jaws and airway, allowing him to create a customized treatment plan.

While Dr. Igel examines the teeth, he will be looking for certain dental issues that are the most common, which include underbite, overbite, spacing, overcrowding, and protrusion of the front teeth. These dental issues are not just cosmetic, especially since they can cause discomfort and the inability to chew properly. For example, if the top teeth are protruding forward, they extend well beyond what the lower teeth extend and the jaw will not align correctly. These are just some of the most common dental concerns.

There is much to learn from your orthodontic screening. You will be able to find out whether you have an orthodontic problem and what type of treatment can be performed to correct the issues. In most instances, braces are recommended to treat these problems and perfect the smile. If you have overcrowding, there is a possibility that some teeth will need to be removed. However, Dr. Igel will work with you to try to prevent the removal of teeth, but will make the decision based on what is necessary. During the screening, you will also learn about the different types of braces that can be worn to fix these imperfections, including In-Ovation braces and Invisalign.

If you are ready to improve your smile, an orthodontic screening is just what you need. Contact Igel Orthodontics at 402-330-1152 and schedule a free consultation today!