Orthodontics dentistry mainly deals with improper positioning of teeth. A person may have an overbite, underbite, overcrowding of teeth, crooked teeth, or a jaw misalignment, which could cause problems in eating or speech. In such conditions, orthodontic treatments are recommended to gradually change the teeth's positioning to be straight and more aligned. Orthodontics can also be employed for cosmetic reasons if the person desires a better smile. There are many benefits of well-aligned teeth, including easier cleaning, better oral hygiene, and a more pleasant smile. The sooner the orthodontic treatments begin, the more swiftly the problem can be resolved.
What does an Orthodontist treat?
An orthodontist is an expert in dealing with the alignment of the tooth and jaw. Though they are trained to treat your teeth, gums, and mouth oral health conditions, their primary area of expertise remains your teeth and jaw's alignment. Orthodontists do the following:
- They help diagnose and treat misaligned teeth and jaws.
- An orthodontist performs teeth straightening surgery and supervises the jawline and bite in children.
- They install dental devices such as braces, palatal expanders, and orthodontic headgear.
- Their specialty includes a treatment plan for braces and retainers.
What are some standard Orthodontic procedures?
- Fixed Orthodontic Braces:A metal or ceramic dental base is glued to each tooth, and a metallic wire is inserted through each base. The wires are regularly adjusted to bring the teeth into proper alignment. When the desired results are attained, the fixed braces are removed.
- Removable Appliances: In Orthodontics, there is a wide range of removable appliances such as headgear that correct overbites, retainers that improve the teeth' position, and facemasks that help correct an underbite.
- Invisalign: Many people have the distressing issue of crooked or crowded teeth. One of the most convenient solutions for the orthodontic problem is to get braces, but with more teens and adults requiring their teeth straightened, there is another option known as Invisalign. It is a clear set of hard plastic aligners that are fitted in your mouth. They must be checked and replaced throughout the duration of your teeth alignment into the correct position. Invisalign is a favored choice for adults and teens because they are virtually invisible due to being transparent.
What are the merits of the Invisalign procedure?
- Invisalign is much more convenient to wear. Since there are no wires or brackets involved, you don't have to worry about getting any painful cuts in your mouth. They are smooth and do not scrape your mouth. The aligners do not have any sharp edges.
- Since Invisalign is clear, they are more attractive to the eye, and most people won't even know that you are wearing them, and that means you can feel free to smile and don't have to feel overly self-conscious about it.
- Invisalign has become a standard for straightening the teeth, which means you don't have to deal with wearing metal braces.
- Before eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing, the Invisalign aligners can be removed.
- It allows you to eat foods you want and practice better oral hygiene, which helps lower your risk of developing gum disease while you go through straightening your teeth.
- Invisalign aligners require minimal maintenance. Cleaning them for a minute will eliminate any stains.
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