Orthodontics

It is a type/ specialty of dentistry that aims to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. 

More than just a pretty smile: Orthodontics can help you keep your mouth healthy.

Orthodontic treatments like braces help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together right. By fixing these problems, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease.

Using x-rays and other tools, your dental professional will decide if orthodontic treatments are right for you.

When should treatment begin?

Teeth alignment should start as soon as the problem is identified. This is when a child's head and mouth are still growing and teeth are easier to straighten, but patients can get braces at any age. In fact, more and more adults are getting braces.

 For best results, practice good oral care.

Braces have tiny spaces­­ where pieces of food and plaque can accumulate. This can cause staining, white spots, tooth decay, and gum disease. That's why it is important to brush and floss your teeth after every meal.

How your teeth and gums look when braces come off has a lot to do with how you treat them while the braces are on.

The most common orthodontic treatment is braces.

Braces are made of bands, wires, and brackets. They gently move teeth into the right position. This can fix the way you bite together.

There are different types of braces. The most common are metal or plastic brackets attached to the front surface of the teeth. "Lingual" braces attach to the back of teeth. They are hidden from view but harder to clean. We also have in the market invisible braces which also offer part of the wide range to choose from.

Here are some tips to cut down on treatment time:

Practice good oral care.

  • Use tools designed for braces, like floss threaders, inter-dental brushes, and electric toothbrushes specifically designed for orthodontics.
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss between teeth after meals.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash.

Protect your braces

  • Don't chew on pens, straws, or ice cubes.
  • Don't bite your nails or play with elastics.
  • Don't eat hard or sticky foods

Quick facts about orthodontics

  • Orthodontic treatments with braces can move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together right.
  • Practicing good oral care while wearing braces helps protect your teeth and gums. It can also cut down on the amount of time you need to wear braces.

 

Dental Facial Orthopedics

Dental facial orthopedics is a sensitive treatment option that involves changing the shape, size and relationship of the bones that are located in the jaw and face.  Orthodontists acknowledge that the overcrowding of teeth is not due to having excessive teeth but rather the fact that the facial growth has been somehow stunted.  Therefore, it is the job of an orthodontist to allow the facial growth to continue in order to eliminate the problems that the patient is suffering from.  Not only are the bones and jaw taken into consideration during dental facial orthopedics but so are the correct positioning of the tongue, the relationship between the lower and upper jaw and the airways.

Who is Dental Facial Orthopedics For?

Dental facial orthopedics is not limited to a certain age group but rather to everyone.  The problems with bad bites (malocclusion) and overcrowding of the teeth start at a young age as a baby develops into an infant and so on.  Improper breathing, problems in the nose, mouth and ears and thumb sucking can all create problems for the dental facial growth.  These problems can create problems for adults later in life so it is crucial to have these problems checked out as early as possible but treatment can be performed at any age.

How To Correct Dental Facial Problems

Most orthodontists prefer to correct dental facial problems with the use of orthodontic functional appliances rather than with invasive surgery.  In most cases, the problems can be resolved with the proper use of these orthodontic appliances.  These appliances are used in order to prevent improper growth and redirect the bone structure to the right position to allow for proper dental facial growth.