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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.

Why Orthodontics?

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.


Give Your Child The Best While They're Still Young

Sleep disorder is a troublesome nasal and dental condition that disrupts the patient's sleeping pattern. Research says that almost 40 million children may be likely to suffer from sleep-related breathing disorders if not diagnosed at an early stage.
HealthyStart™️ is a non-invasive therapeutic treatment that uses no surgery or medicine to treat your child who suffers from crooked or crowded teeth, and a restricted airway.
With HealthyStart™️, your child's condition may be detected early enough and treatment could resolve the underlying root cause of SDB. The appliances we provide are designed to expand the airway with no constriction leading to easy flow of oxygen into the patient's body.

Call us today at Galan Dental, CA, and book an appointment with Dr. Galan, to find more about orthodontic treatment options. 


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