What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics also known as “Dentofacial orthopaedics” is a branch of dentistry that deals with prevention and correction of teeth and jaws that are not in position. Who is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a type of dentist who specializes in straightening crooked teeth or maligned jaws. They receive 3 years of education in an IDA/ADA approved orthodontic training program. What does an orthodontist do?
An orthodontist recommends and develops a braces treatment plan that suits you based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical examination, and plaster models of the teeth, special X-rays and photographs. Candidates who require orthodontic treatment?
Over-bite or Buck-bite: Upper front teeth is too forward than the lower teeth.
Under-bite:Lower teeth is too forward or upper teeth is too backward.
Cross-bite:Upper teeth does not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together.
Open-bite:Space between the biting surfaces of front and or side teeth when the back teeth bite together.
Misplaced midline:Center of upper front teeth does not line up with front lower teeth.
Spacing:Gaps between teeth as a result of missing teeth.
Crowding:When the dental ridge does not accommodate too many teeth.
Causes of teeth irregularity
Some of the reasons of misaligned teeth are thumb sucking small jaw, incompetent lips, bad tongue and lip habits, nail biting, injury, etc. Benefits of braces
Teeth are easier to brush and floss resulting in less prone to decay and disease such as gingivitis, recession and gum disease.
Properly aligned teeth and jaws alleviate or prevent physical health problems.
Misaligned teeth may produce uncharacteristic wear on tooth surfaces and chronic headaches resulting in face, neck, or jaw pain
Improved TMJ health.
Increased self esteem – You are too young to improve your life, teeth and smile!
Types of braces
Metal or traditional braces
Self-ligating or Damon braces
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