When many people hear the word “orthodontics” the first image that usually comes to mind is a kid with braces. But did you know that about 30 percent of all orthodontic patients in the U.S. are adults, and that orthodontics involves more than just straightening crooked teeth? And this begs the further question of: what exactly is orthodontics and how does it differ from dentistry?
While most everybody wants to be able to flash a pearly white smile, that perfect white smile is not necessarily natural, as few people are genetically predisposed to having bright white teeth. In fact, most people’s teeth are naturally a couple of shades darker, and, especially as we age, tinged with yellow or grey.
While most everyone understands what cavities are, and know how they are treated with fillings, people tend to know less about root canal infections and their related treatment. Of course, far more people have had a cavity filled than have had root canal therapy. While more than 170 million cavities are filled in the U.S. every year, dentists only perform about 15 million root canal procedures per year.
The link between functional dental health and its benefits to overall health have been well established, but did you know that the cosmetic element of dental health can boost emotional well-being? Conversely, those with visible dental limitations or deficiencies affecting their smiles may suffer from a loss of self-confidence.