Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. It says a lot about you, and it’s easy to forget how significant a smile can be. A smile deserves the kind of care only KBL Orthodontics in Dothan can provide. Here is why you should trust Dr. Katie Lewis with your family’s smiles.
A personal and unique experience
Your smile is unique to you, much like a fingerprint. Your children’s teeth differ from yours, just like yours is different from your parent’s. For that reason, Dr. Lewis will never use a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to your orthodontic needs. She and the KBL Orthodontics team will only offer solutions and treatment plans that will fit your unique needs.
Our team will take digital 3D scans of your teeth and jaw during your free consultation. This will also allow us to see the structure of your teeth and give a better visual of what’s going on underneath. Dr. Lewis will use this scan to create a customized treatment plan personalized to your specific needs. Below we will dive into why you should trust your family’s smiles with KBL Orthodontics.
Early detection is the best means of prevention, and the 3D scan we mentioned before helps us see what is going on with your teeth, jaw and bones beneath them. While you may think your teeth are fine now, we’ll be able to see any potential problems that could become more severe in the future. The sooner we can find and identify a problem, the quicker we can find your personalized solutions.
What kind of problems can be detected early?
Many problems can afflict your teeth. However, you will become aware of these problems when you trust your family’s smile to an orthodontist. With early detection, you’ll be able to fix small problems before they become big problems. When you come to KBL Orthodontics in Dothan, our team will look for problems such as:
- Malocclusions: bad bites
- Improper tooth growth
- Bite complications: such as TMD (sometimes called “lockjaw”)
- Narrowing of the jaw
We consider these “bad bites,” and there are a few different versions. Malocclusions occur when teeth are out of alignment. Some examples include:
- Crossbite: parts of the lower and upper teeth intersect
- Open bite: the top and bottom teeth do not overlap correctly
- Underbite: the lower jaw sets in front of the upper jaw when the mouth is close
- Overbite: the top teeth reach too far below the bottom teeth
- Crowded teeth: teeth are too close together, resulting in too little space
Improper Tooth Growth
Teeth should grow in a particular way, like any part of our body. When they don’t grow right, the teeth could protrude from the gum at odd angles. When not treated by an orthodontist, you could suffer from serious issues.
You may think that your smile only relies on your teeth, but bones, skin, nerves and muscles also activate. People who suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (often erroneously abbreviated as TMJ) or “lockjaw” may have difficulty setting their teeth in a neutral position without pain. Dr. Lewis can treat a condition such as this before it worsens.
Similar to bite complication is a narrow jaw. If your jaw isn’t wide enough, your teeth will set asymmetrically, which can cause them to become overcrowded. If left untreated, crowding can become painful.
A Healthy Investment
When you visit our Dothan office, you’re doing more than just receiving exams and routine cleanings. You’re investing in your health and your future. Your smile deserves the best care you can find, and an orthodontist can be a consultant for your overall health.
Let our team at KBL Orthodontics help you become your best self. Schedule your free consultation today to get started!