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Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that deals with correcting the alignment of the teeth and the jawbone. Most people sought out for orthodontic care in order to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. One of the commonly used instruments are braces which will greatly improve the alignment of the teeth. Other remedies used to correct them are removable retainers, Invisalign, and others.
Some of the common orthodontic problems are crowding of the teeth, space between teeth, problems related to jaw growth, protruding teeth, bad bites that are generally the result of genes or due to injury.
Method of Treatment
Orthodontic appliances are generally bounded to the teeth or they can be removed. They are either made up of metal, ceramic or plastic. The braces generally shift the teeth back to its original position when a small amount of force is carefully applied to the correct position. The wires used are less visible and more comfortable on the onset of the shift.
When earlier a metal band with brackets were placed around each tooth, today you can choose the type of metal brackets with color preferences.
Duration of treatment
Before the commencement of the treatment, your doctor will guide and provide you a thorough discussion on how it will be carried forward and most importantly the duration of the treatment. The duration of treatment can vary between one year and three years depending on how diligently the treatment is carried out. Some of the factors involve the age, the method of treatment, and the severity of the case. And of course, a major factor is yourself.
Most people sought for orthodontic care for a beautiful and confident smile. You will feel more confident as the braces are removed.
Orthodontic Treatment for Children:
Children are recommended to visit an Orthodontist at the early age of seven as the doctors will evaluate whether the child is in need of orthodontic care from that point of time.
Early treatment would provide room for permanent teeth to grow properly which would lessen the chance of extraction in the future.
Some of the advantages of early treatment for children are:
- It would help the Orthodontist to correct the growth of the jaw bone to help a clean entry for the permanent set of teeth.
- It would help create more amount of space for crowded teeth.
- Promote regular alignment for upper and lower arches.
- It will certainly help avoid situations for permanent tooth extractions later in life.
When to realise that your child requires Orthodontic care:
As they say, Prevention Is Better than Cure, we recommend the following sign and symptoms to help parents detect whether their child is in need of Orthodontic care. Here are a few to list out.
- Hard to bite and chew food.
- Breathing through the mouth.
- Crowded teeth.
- Blocked teeth.
- Pop sounds while opening and closing the mouth.
- An abnormal appearance of the teeth.
- A noticeable crowded front teeth close to the age of seven.
- Child tends to suck the thumb most of the time.