Do I Need To Go To An Orthodontist?

Everyone wants to have a picture-perfect smile. The problem is knowing if and when you need to go to an orthodontist to help you achieve your goal. Orthodontists can treat various issues relating to teeth, including gaps, underbites, overbites, crossbites, and more. Dr. Bob Bryan and the team at Lehigh Valley Orthodontics are the professionals to consult for orthodontic treatment and to help you achieve a straight and healthy smile.

To help you get straight teeth and a healthy mouth, here are some tips from Dr. Bob Bryan for knowing if and when you need an orthodontist in Lehigh County, PA.


One indicator that you need an orthodontist is if your teeth are not straight. Orthodontists specialize in the alignment of teeth; you need one if you want to straighten your teeth. Misalignment of teeth can come in many shapes and forms, including gaping teeth, misaligned jaws, overcrowding, and more. Other than your teeth not being “ready for their closeup,” these issues could also be causing more serious health problems. Misaligned teeth affect your overall oral hygiene and health by making regular brushing and flossing more difficult. They also may be causing tooth decay or gum disease.


Another indicator that you need an orthodontist is if you are experiencing pain in your mouth. Many times, painful orthodontic issues can be fixed by your orthodontist by using traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners, a retainer, or some other orthodontic technique. If you are an orthodontic patient, or if you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, and you are experiencing the pain of any degree, Dr. Bob Bryan says that you should see an orthodontist as soon as possible so the problem can be addressed and your pain can be relieved.

Listen to Your Dentist

If your dentist suggests you consult an orthodontist, take his or her advice. Dentists are usually the first to spot any problem areas in or around your teeth and mouth. While a dentist may notice these issues first, an orthodontist is needed to treat and correct the problem. Orthodontists are specialists in the alignment of teeth and are qualified more to fix any misalignment issues than dentists are.

Schedule an Assessment

Say you just want to check out how healthy your teeth and mouth are. It is never too soon or too late to visit Dr. Bob Bryan and have him assess how your teeth are growing in or have grown in, if orthodontics is something to consider now or in the future, or if any other serious orthodontic problems might benefit from early intervention.

Dr. Bob Bryan of Lehigh Valley Orthodontics can help to cure an array of issues and make sure patients receive the perfect smile they have always wanted.

For more information or to set up a consultation with Dr. Bob Bryan on what orthodontic treatment is best for you, please give Lehigh Valley Orthodontics in Lehigh County, PA a call at: 610.435.2788!

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