Orthodontics is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dental and facial disorders. This specialty area offers solutions for people with malocclusion. Orthodontic treatment usually involves the use of corrective tools such as brackets. The use of these corrective tools is as follows:
- straightening the teeth,
- Correction of closure defects,
- Filling gaps,
- Correctly aligning the teeth and lips.
Orthodontic treatment helps the development of the jaw in young children and helps the teeth to be in the correct positions, and in adults it helps to correct existing crowding and biting disorders.
Most people can have problems such as clenching, crowding or irregular gaps in their teeth. With some disorders, they can cause cosmetic problems, as well as speech and chewing problems. Not all disorders are genetic. Other possible reasons: Trauma – If the tooth is damaged, falls out and is later replaced. This condition is called “ankylosis” or abnormal union of the root to the bone. If this happens to a growing child, it can cause a bite disorder in the future because the teeth cannot be aligned properly – these habits can create bite disorders such as upper teeth in front of lower teeth.
Premature loss of baby teeth – if baby teeth fall out prematurely, there is nothing to locate the permanent teeth so that they can slide into the mouth. In some cases, the permanent teeth can get stuck and only part of them are removed. Sometimes the permanent tooth can act in place of the deciduous tooth next to it and prevent the other teeth from coming out.
When should orthodontic treatment be started?
While an orthodontist can enhance your smile at any age, there is an optimal time to start treatment. Starting treatment at this time ensures that the result is very good and that the time and expense involved is minimal. The American Orthodontists Association recommends that the first orthodontic evaluation be done when the first sign of orthodontic problems is detected or before the age of 7. Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this young age, but vigilance is needed to find the best time to start treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic assessment?
Early assessment ensures that problems are detected in a timely manner and provides an opportunity for the most effective treatment. Early intervention prevents serious problems that may occur later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, the orthodontist ensures that treatment can be started at the ideal time by following growth and development.
Why age 7 is the best time ?
At the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt and produce an inverted bite. During this time, the orthodontist can assess the dental relationships from front to back and side to side. For example, the presence of protruding front teeth may indicate the possibility of an overbite, open bite, perplexity or a gummy smile. Timely scanning increases the chances of a great smile.
What are the benefits of interception therapy?
Some of the many direct results of interceptive therapy are:
- It makes room for crowded teeth.
- It provides facial symmetry by affecting chin development.
- It reduces the risk of anterior tooth eruption and trauma.
- It leaves room for unerupted teeth.
- It reduces the need for tooth extraction.
- Shortens treatment time with braces.
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not just about improving the aesthetics of your smile; orthodontic treatment corrects a bad bite (malocclusion). Malocclusions occur as a result of misalignment of the tooth or jaw. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel your smile.
Why treat malocclusions?
According to studies by the American Orthodontists Association, untreated malocclusions can cause a variety of problems. Perpendicular teeth make proper brushing and flossing difficult, leading to cavities and gum disease. Protruding teeth become vulnerable to accidental fractures. Cross-braces cause poor development and uneven teeth. Open bite causes speech extraction habits and speech impediments. As a result, orthodontics will do more than just make your smile beautiful, it will make you healthier.