The truth is that you don’t have to wait for your dentist to refer you to an orthodontist. It may seem unorthodox in the health care industry as the typical norm in many other scenarios is for a doctor to refer to a specialist. (We understand where the confusion comes from!) However, this is most certainly not the case when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Let’s dive deeper as to why!
In the world of orthodontics, a “bite” is used to describe the way your upper and lower teeth come together. A bad bite is also known as a “malocclusion” where the teeth do not adequately meet or do not meet at all. Bite problems are unique to each individual. However, there are a few bite problems that are common for children and adults. Here are a few bite problems as shared by the American Association of Orthodontists: