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Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic Treatment is used to improve the appearance, position, function of crooked, abnormally arranged teeth, and the development of the jaw.

Orthodontics uses devices as brace, sometimes cases may have to wear headgear. You may need to remove some teeth as part of treatment.

The length of treatment will depend on how complicated the problem is.

Who need orthodontic treatment?

People with crowded, crooked teeth that do not meet correctly when they bite abnormal development of teeth and jaws that can affect the shape of the face.

Complications of orthodontics

Is tooth decay because orthodontic appliances can sometimes stimulate the production of saliva which leads to plaque and causes the enamel to decay.

To reduce this by using toothpaste with high level of fluoride or mouth wash, use special toothbrushes, and avoid sugary foods and fizzy drinks.

When is the right time to see an orthodontist?

1.     Child should have orthodontic examination by the age of 7 to tell if the child may actually have an orthodontic problem, or if it is just normal.

2.     For adults

If you are self conscious around strangers because of your smile, then the right time to see an orthodontist might be right now.

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age plus with the growing availability of clear aligners, translucent ceramic brackets, and lingual braces, it’s getting harder to tell wither or not you are wearing an orthodontic appliance.

 

 

Self-ligating brackets

One of the most significant differences from conventional dental braces is the absence of elastic ligature (bands or ties). Self-ligating braces typically are smaller and more aesthetic since a metal door is required to hold wires in place. . Moreover, less chair time, fewer appointments and a cleaner, more esthetic appearance. 

Ceramic brackets (Clear brackets)

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth color. The main edge of ceramic braces is their aesthetic and cosmetic appeal.  The ceramic brackets do not stain but the clear elastic wires or ties holding the brackets to your teeth stain, especially if you smoke, eat a lot of curry or drink loads of coffee. But these ties are changed every time an adjustment is made, usually, monthly.

 

Clear Aligners:

 

Clear Aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position.  Similar to braces, clear aligners use a gradual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets.  The aligners are made of a strong plastic material and are fabricated to fit each person's mouth. If a series of aligners are made, each aligner moves the teeth a little bit more into place until the desired movement is completed.