About Orthodontics

The word orthodontics comes from two Greek words: orthos- (straight) and odont- (teeth). The focus of orthodontics is the dental and skeletal malformations of head and neck area.

 

While malformations such as misaligned jaw are frequently genetic, when the patient is young and the malformation isn’t too severe, it can be treated by an orthodontic treatment only. If  the patient is older or the malformation is severe, then the treatment is done with a collaboration of orthodontics and surgery. Other causes of facial and dental malformations can be habits such as using a feding bottle after teeth have erupted, finger sucking or nail biting. These problems need to be diagnosed and treated early to not cause severe problems.

 

There’s no age restriction in orthodontic treatments but the duration of the treatment changes based on age and malformation severity. In recent years there’s been a surge in adult orthodontics, particularly by using porcelain brackets to provide an esthetic look. On some occasions, orthodontic treatment can be used to help with prosthodontics treatment. Orthodontic treatments are easy and painless.

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Invisalign Method

Clear aligners (Invisalign) is an esthetic alternative to the traditional metal or porcelain treatments. Invisalign has a clean and shiny surface that is invisible when used. Misaligned teeth are straigtened using minimal force from the semi-elastic aligner, and the treatment is practical and safe to use.

This method, clinically proven to be saf efor dental health, uses clear aligners to gently force teeth to move towards the ideal positions. These aligners come in different set-ups, named soft, medium and thick. Similar to any other orthodontics treatment, an impression of the patient’s mouth is taken. These aligners are prepared oversea specifically for the patient, using special computer-aided systems.

Since Invisalign aligners are removable, a patient can eat and take care of dental hygiene comfortably. These aligners are clear and hard to notice, which aids the patient in talking and laughing comfortably and with confidence.

Invisalign ensures full esthetic harmony. It doesn’t cause any pronunciation problems. It requires less special cleaning treatments and less frequent appointments.

Questions & Answers

At what age should children get their first orthodontics appointment?

Early diagnosis is very important in preventing further deformation in endodontics. A child should have their first orthodontics evaluation by age 7.

Are there any age restrictions in orthodontic treatment?

There are no age restrictions. As long as the teeth are healthy, orthodontic alignments can be performed on any patient.

Why is orthodontics treatment necessary?

There are two sides to why orthodontics treatments are important: Functionally, misaligned teeth and jaws cause health problems since it’s harder to ensure dental hygiene and in some cases, this can cause bigger problems. Esthetically, misaligned teeth make people suffer from low self-esteem and hinder social life.

Is orthodontics treatment painful?

Bracket placement in orthodontics treatment is both quickly done and causes no pain.

How long does orthodontics treatment take to be finished?

Orthodontics treatment is considered finished when the teeth and jaws are aligned in their ideal positions. This might take anywhere from 1 to 4 years, while the average treatment lasts for 2 years.

Do the teeth reverse back after orthodontics treatment is finished?

After the brackets are removed, next stage of treatment is reinforcement. This stage is designed to keep teeth in place while the surrounding gum, bones and muscle structure aligns and adapts to this new alignment. It is very important to follow your dentist’s requests in reinforcement stage, otherwise the teeth can revert back. The length of this stage of treatment depends on what your diagnosis is, and will be decided by your dentist according to your situation.

Are braces harmful to my teeth?

Braces on themselves are not harmful to your teeth. However it’s very important to take care of your dental hygiene, otherwise widespread cavities can form. This isn’t caused by braces, but by the patient’s lack of dental hygiene.

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