“Confidence level diminished by a crooked smile is not obvious to many people,” mentioned orthodontist Dr. Joel Martinez from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas during an interview with Flasch Health Network. The dental specialist also known as Dr. J, has been treating orthodontic cases for over 35 years and has seen, for himself, the effects malocclusion have had on patients and the larger community.
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Malocclusion is a condition where the upper and lower teeth are misaligned and is a prevalent problem in the United States. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 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.
Dental-related low self esteem is not often recognizable. However, many patients that Dr. J has worked with have shown remarkable and positive changes after having gone through treatment. Malocclusion can present in different forms including: crowding of teeth, over bite, cross bite, open bite, jaw protrusion, Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) which can be corrected using braces, dental appliances, or surgery for the most severe cases.
“The earlier one goes for treatment, the better it is for them since ccorrecting malocclusion in easier in a younger patient whose jaws are actively developing,” Dr. Martinez said. Teeth that are fully developed are harder to manipulate, but adults should still consider getting treatment. “The impact of an unattractive smile does not discriminate against ages, both an adult and a young person will be negatively affected,” the orthodontist added. “A first impressions always matters and your smile has a lot to do with it.” An orthodontic procedure can rectify the position and development of jaws and teeth, leading to an attractive, healthier smile.
Frida P. S gave a review of Dr. J’s orthodontic services and said, “Amazing staff, amazing doctor & amazing place! Totally recommend if you are looking for an orthodontist! I was with them for 2 1/2 years and the wait was totally worth it.”
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.
More details about Dr. Martinez and his services can be accessed at http://www.rgvbraces.com/