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The world of dentistry has advanced a great deal in the last few decades. New treatments have emerged that allow people seeking a great smile and perfect teeth to do so with ease at an affordable price.
Orthodontics is a field of dentistry. An orthodontist specialises in the process of straightening and aligning misaligned teeth, thus improving the appearance of the teeth and their function.
In general, orthodontic treatment is used as a modality that helps straighten crooked teeth. There is no age limit for treatment – anyone who wishes to have their teeth realigned for cosmetic or medical reasons can do so with a variety of treatments. That being said, most treatments are best offered in childhood during the growing years.
Over bite, gum disease due to poorly aligned teeth and jaw pain are just some of the reasons why orthodontic treatments are sought after.
Types of orthodontic treatments
There are a variety of orthodontic treatments currently available.
Comprehensive treatments involve the application of braces with possible placement of plates or expanders along with the possibility of jaw surgery. Individual assessments are made on the right and devices are chosen depending upon the clinical findings. In some patients, intercepted treatments are offered where braces and other orthodontic treatments are provided in a stepwise fashion over different sessions. A variety of appliances may be used to align the teeth and correct any bite problems.
There are a number of different kinds of places that may be used in orthodontic treatments. Full braces are metallic braces that are applied to the front of the teeth for a period of up to 24 months. Part braces for those that are attached to only those street that are affected by misalignment. Lingual braces are metallic braces that are applied to the inner surface of the teeth. Unfortunately metallic lingual braces can be rather annoying and uncomfortable as they rub against the tongue during different jaw movements. Finally, self-ligating braces are also available that have low friction rates and do not require frequent visits to the dentist.
These days, new therapies have emerged with the braces being available in a literally ‘invisible’. Braces such as Invisalign sit comfortably behind the teeth, and are invisible to an observer. They work tremendously well, and have high patient satisfaction rates. Invisible braces are also called clear braces.
A removable appliance is one where the device can be taken out of the mouth in order to be cleaned. It is attached to structures through wires and springs and allows for teeth to be aligned in a gentle fashion.
On the other hand, a functional appliance is one that promotes controlled growth of the jaw. It uses the strength within the muscles of the jaw in order to carry out its function.
Orthodontics has advanced tremendously in the last few decades. New treatments mean that teeth can be aligned and jaw problems can be treated with minimal discomfort and cosmetic unpleasantness to the patient.
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