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Orthodontics is a specialty discipline of dentistry that focuses on alignment of the teeth and jaws to improve a person’s smile and oral health. Orthodontists will diagnose, treat and prevent irregularities of the teeth with the use of braces.
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth or move them into a better position. This can improve their appearance and the way the teeth bite together, while also making them easier to clean.
Some people have upper front teeth that stick out and look unsightly. These 'prominent' teeth are more likely to be damaged, but orthodontic treatment can move them back into line. Or the way the upper and lower jaws meet can cause teeth to look unsightly and lead to an incorrect bite. Orthodontic treatment may be able to correct both of these problems.
When the teeth don't meet correctly, this can put strain on the muscles of the jaw, causing jaw and joint problems and sometimes headaches. Orthodontic treatment can help you to bite more evenly and reduce the strain.
There are different types of Dental Braces that depends on individual requirement, choice and dentist recommendation.
Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets. This is the most common type of braces, and throughout the years has become much sleeker and more comfortable. With metal braces, you also have the option of adding colored elastic bands to make your braces vibrant, colorful and uniquely yours!
These braces are applied to the back of your teeth so no one will know you’re wearing braces. These “hidden” braces are customized with intelligent wires and brackets designed to deliver the individualized results your teeth need.
The prime advantage of this braces are they are made of special color that is your tooth color. This makes it less visible, solving the same purpose.
Invisalign involves the use of a clear set of removable trays that are custom fitted to your teeth. Each new set of Invisalign aligners applies a slight adjustment to your teeth. Invisalign aligners are very comfortable, because they’re made with a pliable material and fit snuggly to your teeth
Steps in the process
- Examination of tooth and deciding on types of braces and the process
- Before braces, separators are placed in the teeth
- The actual braces with bends and bands are placed
- Follow ups scheduled according to the patients
This is individual specific though the range is anything between 3 months to 1 year.