What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning of teeth, which results in an improper bite. Orthodontics also includes treating and controlling various aspects of facial growth (dentofacial orthopedics) and the shape and development of the jaw. Orthodontics used to be called orthodontia – the word comes from the Greek orthos, meaning “straight, perfect or proper”, and dontos, which means “teeth”. Orthodontics also includes cosmetic dentistry; when the patient’s aim is to improve his/her appearance.
An orthodontist uses a range of medical dental devices, including headgears, plates, braces, etc. to help in:
– Closing wide gaps between the teeth
– Making sure the tips of the teeth are aligned
– Straightening crooked teeth
– To improve speech or eating (oral function)
– To improve the long-term health of gums and teeth
– To prevent long-term excessive wear or trauma (of the teeth)
– Treating an improper bite
When to start the orthodontic treatment?
Even though the orthodontic treatment is beneficiary for everyone at any age, starting from age of 7 up to the age of 70, the ideal moment for orthodontic check – up and possible treatment planning is around the age of 7. Due to the fact that the complexity and length of the orthodontic treatment increases with the age of the patient, the early treatment of orthodontic malocclusion saves you money and time. Don’t wait for all teeth to erupt. You have many benefits from early start of the orthodontic treatment: accurate detection of the problem can enable the orthodontist to benefit from the child’s growth and use it to stimulate the jaw growth for perfect alignment and placement of the permanent teeth. Many decide to have their treatment at teen age when fastest and best results are expected.
As the variety of braces expands, more and more adults seek to fulfill their dream of having ideal smile and function. We offer you lingual braces as well as clear aligner system which can give you the ideal result. Well aligned teeth you enables you to improve your speech and food processing. . The perfect smile improves not only the way you look, it boosts your self-confidence.
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