What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of dental and facial irregularities occurring as a result of:
The orthodontist will assess the teeth that need to be aligned and create either a fixed or removable brace, which can be adjusted during the course of the treatment to achieve the desired effect. The fixed braces, as their name implies, are permanent fixtures and are removed at the end of the treatment period, whereas removable braces can be taken off for eating and cleaning but are generally worn at all other times. Braces will improve the function of the teeth and the general appearance of the person.
What is a bad bite or malocclusion and what causes it?
A bad bite is the misalignment of teeth, jaws or the tempromandibular joint (TMJ), which causes functional problems such as difficulty in chewing and talking, and may well affect the appearance of a person. It may occur genetically or as a result of the following conditions:
The permanent tooth to erupt incorrectly, resulting in crowded or partially erupted teeth.
The teeth next to the primary tooth to move into the vacant space and prevent the eruption of permanent tooth.
Why is orthodontic treatment crucial?Beneficial in long-term dental health :
Properly aligned teeth are easier to maintain with proper oral hygiene. Reduces the risk of tooth decay. Improves chewing and digestion:
Since people with bad bites chew less efficiently, it can, in severe cases, result in nutritional deficiencies. Improves speech:
Misaligned upper and lower teeth can cause speaking difficulties. Prevents premature wearing of back-tooth surfaces:
Since the teeth withstand a tremendous amount of force when one bites down, in the case of people with improper bites, the back teeth are likely to wear out more quickly.
At what age can one start orthodontic screening and treatment?
Early childhood: you can have an orthodontic screening from the age of 7, by which time enough of the permanent teeth would have emerged, helping to identify potential problems. Do not wait for all the permanent teeth erupt in the mouth, as the earlier you start, the more the advantages.
During adolescent and teenage years all permanent teeth would have come in by now, and treatment is most effective at this age At adulthood more complicated and often requires more than one dental professional to fully correct a problem.
What does orthodontic treatment involve?
The retention phase use of a retainer to hold the teeth that have been brought into their new position and ensure long-term results.
Invisalign or invisible braces
Inman Aligners are an alternative to Invisalign treatment for simple orthodontic cases that require movements of the front teeth only. This removable appliance achieves complete movement in about six to eight weeks in some cases; however, it is not suitable for all and it's best to seek advice through an orthodontic consultation before choosing the treatment for your problem.
By using tooth-colored wires and brackets, the six-month braces system relies on moving the teeth that show when you smile to give you a straight smile in a fraction of the time that other orthodontic treatments take (two to three years) to achieve the same aesthetic result.
Low-Friction Damon Braces
Simpli 5 clear aligner