Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with straightening and correcting the tooth alignment and the dental specialist who does this is called an “Orthodontist”. Braces are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth.
Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?
Today children as well as adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment. More than half of all children have problems with their teeth or jaws, including front teeth that stick out because of thumb sucking, teeth that don’t come out properly, spaces in between the teeth, poorly aligned bites, and crowded or missing teeth. The key is early orthodontic care. The ideal age to get your child for the First Orthodontic check-up is 7-8 years.
For teens and grownups, the most common reason for orthodontics is appearance. Age is no longer a factor that governs the feasibility of the treatment. But as you grow older the duration of the treatment is increased since it is easier to shift and align teeth during the growth phase of the jaws.
What Orthodontist does?
Their work consists of treating different conditions such as tooth crowding, mal-aligned teeth, overbites, under bites and gaps between teeth. They use corrective appliances such as braces, removable appliances and retainers to treat these problems.
The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic – beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for many people of all ages.
Extractions and other preliminary procedures
sometimes it is necessary to remove teeth to gain sufficient space to align the remaining teeth. Any decayed teeth should be filled and the teeth sometimes need to be cleaned before orthodontic treatment is started.
Orthodontic treatment usually takes 15 – 24 months. Some cases may be finished earlier and others may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on the severity of the original malocclusion, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient.