WHAT IS ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth or teeth that do not meet correctly when on a bite. Due to these problems, the teeth become damaged or put a strain on jaw muscles. Abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can also affect the shape of the face. Orthodontic treatment is used to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth.
The benefits of orthodontics can include:
- Correction of dental crowding.
- Straightening of your teeth.
- Correction of your bite so the front and back teeth meet evenly.
- Reducing the chance of damage to prominent teeth.
- Improving your teeth to get the beautiful smile you desire.
WHO CAN HAVE ORTHODONTICS?
Orthodontic treatment is usually started after a child’s adult teeth have started to come through. This is usually when they are about 12 years old, but depends on the number of adult teeth and the growth of their face and jaws. Orthodontic treatment for adults can begin at any age, but the treatment options are more limited. If in case the patient does not have a good standard of oral hygiene, orthodontic treatment can increase the risk of tooth decay.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ORTHODONTICS?
Only your dentist can determine whether will need orthodontics treatment. Based on diagnosis of a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam results, plaster models of your teeth and dental X-rays and photographs, a dentist will decide whether orthodontic treatment is needed and create a customized plan for the patient.
Consult a dentist immediately if you suffer from the following:
- Overbite – the upper front teeth lie too far forward over the lower teeth.
- Underbite – the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back.
- Crossbite – when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth while biting.
- Open bite – space between the biting surfaces of the front or side teeth with the back teeth during a bite
- Spacing – gaps or spaces between the teeth because of a missing teeth.
- Crowding – when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate
Orthodontic treatment allows you to achieve a lasting, beautiful smile. It involves the correction of crooked teeth and jaws and can be one of the best investments for your, or your child’s, health. Age is less important than having the proper number of teeth. So adults of any age can have orthodontic treatment. For young children, it may be necessary to wait for enough adult teeth to come through before starting treatment. Straight teeth are the basis of a confident and endearing smile. Many of our clients have longed for a straighter smile for years. Taking the first step to a straighter smile is easier at Happy Dental Hospital as we offer a FREE consultation. At your consultation we will discuss the options to suit you and make sure all your questions are answered.
Braces are no longer just for the children. Adult orthodontics is now a big part of our treatment plans, especially with the advent of the more aesthetic “invisible” braces.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?
Although the actual length of time depends on the individual case, usually in 6 to 18 months, often less time than with traditional orthodontic therapy. Your dentist will see you every four to six weeks to monitor your progress.
Aligners are the best option for adults who want to maintain their mature images and don’t have to deal with the embarrassment of metal braces. Another obvious advantage of the aligners are they are removable, so patients can take them out to eat, brush, and floss. But for optimal results, you need to wear the aligners about 22 hours a day on a consistent basis.
TYPES OF BRACES
OTHER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENTS
1. Aligners – Aligners are an alternative to traditional braces for adults. They are used to move teeth in the same way that fixed appliances work, only without metal wires and brackets. Aligners are virtually invisible and are removed for eating, brushing and flossing.
2. Removable space maintainers – these function as fixed space maintainers. They’re made with an acrylic base that fits over the jaw, and have plastic or wire branches between specific teeth to keep the space between them open.
3. Jaw repositioning appliances – also called splints, these devices are worn on either the top or lower jaw, and help train the jaw to close in a more favorable position. They may be used for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).
4. Lip and cheek bumpers – these are designed to keep the lips or cheeks away from the teeth. Lip and cheek muscles can exert pressure on the teeth, and these bumpers help relieve that pressure.
5. Palatal expander – a device used to widen the arch of the upper jaw. It is a plastic plate that fits over the roof of the mouth. Outward pressure applied to the plate by screws force the joints in the bones of the palate to open lengthwise, widening the palatal area.
6. Removable retainers – worn on the roof of the mouth, these devices prevent shifting of the teeth to their previous position. They can also be modified and used to prevent thumb sucking.
7. Headgear – with this device, a strap is placed around the back of the head and attached to a metal wire in front, or face bow. Headgear slows the growth of the upper jaw, and holds the back teeth where they are while the front teeth are pulled back.
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