Those with imperfect smiles tend to feel more self-conscious about sharing those smiles with others. Even in their happiest moments, they struggle with smiling openly. Even smiling, they may cover their mouth to prevent others from seeing their teeth. The cause of these aesthetic concerns is not necessarily poor oral hygiene. Some may have been born with malocclusion, the improper alignment of the teeth or the jaw. This leads to many of these patients seeking orthodontic treatments to produce a more attractive. However, when both malocclusion and damaged teeth are present, which should be addressed first?
Restoration is the first step for patients with both dental damage and the need for orthodontic care. Dental decay impairs the strength and resilience of your teeth. This may make them incapable of withstanding the pressures that orthodontic care can place on them. The specifics of your malocclusion may make certain dental restorations easier to perform before orthodontics. For instance, dental decay impacts the sides of your teeth that will be hidden when your smile is corrected. Once these repairs have been achieved, the next step is orthodontic treatment.
To get the best outcome, you should work closely with all the professionals involved in your care. The specific treatment plan will vary based on your case’s complexity and the disciplines involved. Throughout your course of treatment, be certain that all involved specialists are kept up to date on your progress in other areas.
Every year there are new advances that come to the dental industry. These advances can include new technologies and treatment approaches. Clear aligners are an example of an innovation that completely changed orthodontic treatments. Working with your dentist will help you learn the newest restoration and orthodontic treatment options available. From there, you can determine which of them is best for your case and the order in which you should proceed. Call for your dental consultation today!