“Most people don’t realize having a poor smile can negatively effect self-esteem,” shared Rio Grande Valley of Texas Orthodontic specialist Dr. Joel Martinez, a.k.a. Dr. J, during a recent interview with Flasch Health Network. Having treated numerous orthodontic cases on a specialty level for over 30 years, Dr. J has first-hand experience solving the effects orthodontic issues have had on patients and members of his community.
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Malocclusion, a condition where the upper and lower teeth are misaligned, is a prevalent problem in the US. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), 65% of adults in the United States have orthodontic problems. Out of these, 15% find themselves having low self-confidence in social situations due to their malocclusion.
“Most of my patients assume that little or nothing can be done to turn their ugly smile into a prettier, healthier one,” Dr. J expressed, “but, nothing can be further from the truth!” This is especially true if the patient experienced dental treatment that didn’t go as planned or failed.
The effects patients display due to dental problems decreasing their self-confidence can be very subtle. In fact, Dr. J revealed that many of his patients who did not readily admit their teeth were affecting their confidence, displayed a dramatic positive change in body language once treatment was complete. Each case of malocclusion, whether it is an open bite, overbite, or crowding is treated using specialized treatment methods for correction. Treatment may include the use of braces, special appliances, or surgery for the most severe cases.
“It is advisable for people to seek dental treatment early,” said Dr. Martinez. “It is easier to correct malocclusion in younger patients because their jaws are still growing.” This is much easier than realigning teeth that are already grown. However, this does not mean that adults should shy away from treatment. “An unattractive smile will affect an adult in the same way that it does a teenager,” said Dr. Martinez. “At the end of the day, your smile will always affect how other people perceive you.” Orthodontic intervention can direct the proper growth and development of the jaws and teeth resulting in a healthier, natural smile.
Nelda G., in a review of Dr. Martinez’s services, said, “Both my daughters are patients with Dr. Martinez. They enjoy every visit because of the friendliness of the staff and doctors. I’ve never seen a more pleasant atmosphere. My oldest now has a perfect smile and the youngest will soon join her as she is almost done with treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Martinez to all members of our community.”
Dr. Martinez studied for his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Specialty in Orthodontics degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. His commitment to giving his patients professional and comprehensive orthodontic care is evidenced by his attendance of yearly educational courses and seminars.
His practice has expanded to four locations valley wide including McAllen, Weslaco, Harlingen and Brownsville TX
To learn more about Dr. J. Martinez and his team’s orthodontic services, visit http://www.rgvbraces.com/