When to See an Orthodontist

Orthodontists are specially trained dentists who are experienced in treating teeth and their alignment. They focus on not just how teeth are aligned, but also the jaw and anything else that might impact a person’s bite.


A person should consider seeing an orthodontist when they either notice a problem with their bite, usually indicated by pain or discomfort or if they displeased with the appearance of their teeth.


What do orthodontists do?


Orthodontists use everything from braces to headgear to retainers to correct a person’s oral alignment and bite. A proper bite and alignment are critical to good oral health. When a person’s teeth are poorly aligned they’re often susceptible to decay, crowding, tooth loss, gum disease, and pain. This is because teeth that overlap are harder to keep clean, particularly in the odd nooks and crannies.


Bad bites are also a common cause of teeth wearing oddly, grinding, and issues when chewing or talking.


The earlier you correct alignment the better a person’s quality of life and oral health.


What about aesthetics?


Orthodontists play a huge role in ensuring a person is confident in their smile and feels good about the way they look. This is one of the main initial reasons people come to Dr. Faleye for help. They don’t feel good about the way they look and they believe braces are the answer. Oftentimes they come worried about their appearances, only to find that their crooked or poorly aligned teeth are causing more problems than they thought.


When children suffer from crooked or poorly aligned teeth they’re often teased relentlessly and school and tend to suffer from low self-esteem. Your child should be happy and smiling! That’s one of the reasons parents bring their children to us. They want them to enjoy a childhood free from the ridicule of their classmates.


How do I choose the right orthodontist?


When choosing an orthodontist it’s important to look at their educational background and ensure they have the proper training in orthodontics. Additionally, take a look at their reviews online and see what other patients are saying about their experience with the doctor.


Once you decide that a doctor is a right fit for you, schedule an appointment. Ask them about what they offer in terms of orthodontic treatment. Perhaps you want invisible braces. These are particularly popular among working professionals who need minor treatment.

Youth patients enjoy getting multi-colored bands that show off their quirky personalities. Orthodontics will be a part of your life for the better part of a year or more, so make sure you talk to your doctor about which option will be best for your lifestyle.


Give us a call to learn more about how Dr. Faleye can meet your orthodontic needs. With years of experience and a commitment to patient health, we’re here to serve you.



Dr. Adeola Faleye

From our two locations in Bartlett and Memphis, TN, The Orthodontic Clinic P.C. proudly serves our community with the assistance of our team of orthodontic experts. We provide flexible appointment times and personalized care that ensures the incredible results you need and a beautiful smile that will be with you forever.


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The Orthodontic Clinic, P.C.


Bartlett Location:


6637 Summer Knoll Circle, Suite 102

Bartlett, TN 38134


East Memphis Location:


1713 Kirby Parkway

Memphis, TN 38120


Fax:  901 507 4772







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