Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions
What does an orthodontist do?
Orthodontist literally means one who practices correcting or straightening teeth. As an orthodontist, Dr. Cabal graduated from dental school with a doctorate in general dentistry, then he completed two years of specialized training in the field of orthodontics. To maintain his specialist certification, Dr. Cabal takes many continuing education courses each year.
What are self-ligating brackets?
Brackets are the component of traditional braces that connect to teeth and hold the wire in position. Self-ligating brackets eliminate the need for elastic bands to create pressure for tooth movement. The special brackets feature a sliding mechanism, so teeth can move more freely. In addition, self-ligating brackets are easier to keep clean.
What is occlusion? What does orthodontics have to do with headaches?
Occlusion refers to how upper and lower teeth come together when a mouth is closed. The bumps and ridges on top of your teeth should fit together comfortably. When teeth are out of position, whether with an underbite, overbite, or other misalignment, occlusion is compromised. This can cause muscles to spasm, often while a person sleeps, so the jaws clench and teeth grind. Called bruxism, the condition will wear teeth down and can promote cracking and chipping. Furthermore, fatigued muscles often lead to TMJ disorder, a misalignment of the temporomandibular joints. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include bruxism, headaches or migraines, chronic earaches, jaw or mouth pain, and many other nagging problems. Orthodontics – the correct position of teeth and proper occlusion – is an important part of overall oral health and comfortable mouth function.
When should children first visit the orthodontist?
Your family or pediatric dentist will recommend an orthodontic consultation at the proper time. You should know, though, that your child’s tooth development has great influence on when braces should be prescribed. Interceptive orthodontics is an early treatment to get a jumpstart on proper tooth alignment. If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth being crooked or improper tooth development, call your general dentist or Lake Country Orthodontics for advice.
Can Dr. Cabal provide general dentistry?
While Dr. Cabal is a licensed general dentist, he is an orthodontic specialist. At Lake Country Orthodontics, we focus on orthodontic care for adults, teen orthodontics, and childrens’ orthodontics. If you need a general dentist, Dr. Cabal will recommend the right one for you.
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If you have more questions about our practice or services, then speak with Dr. Cabal and our team during your visit. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.