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What is Orthodontics

What Is "Orthodontics," and Why Do People Get Braces?
Orthodontics is a unique branch of dentistry regarding the alignment of teeth and jaws to enhance a persons' smile and general oral health. As a result of receiving orthodontic care, issues such as crowded or crooked teeth, underbites, overbites, and irregular jaw positions and conditions of the jaw joints are amended.

When is it an Appropriate Time for Braces?
Patients with orthodontic issues can benefit from care at virtually any age. A perfect age for a first-time visit is seven or eight years old. Although, typically patients that need orthopedic jaw alterations will begin treatment at this age. Or else, a client will be situated on a six months call back system until they are ready for orthodontic care at approximately eleven or twelve years old. A growing number of adults are additionally wearing braces to enhance their smile and total dental health.

Do I Require Orthodontics?
The only way to know for sure if you require orthodontics is to schedule a free consultation with the orthodontist so that he may determine whether or not you may be a candidate for orthodontic care. Our office offers a complimentary consultation to offer a beneficial service within our area.

You might be a candidate for orthodontic care if you deal with any of the following problems:

  • Teeth Crowding - the dental ridge cannot accommodate all the teeth because there are too many
  • Teeth Spacing - spaces or gaps between teeth because of missing teeth or not enough teeth to fill the space
  • Out-of-Place Midline - the center of both the upper and lower teeth do not line up
  • Open Bite - open space amid the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth are biting together
  • Crossbite - when biting together normally, the upper teeth do not come down somewhat in front of the lower teeth
  • Underbite - the "bulldog" look where lower teeth protrude forward too much or the upper teeth are too far back
  • Overbite - otherwise known as "buck teeth"; the front upper teeth protrude forward too far out over the lower teeth

What type of Braces will the Doctor give me?
Although the orthodontist is aware which appliance is appropriate for your specific issue, the client often has the option to choose. Braces are typically offered in three different varieties including brackets, plastic or metal and are all attached to the teeth and remain inconspicuous. All of these use wires to shift the teeth to the anticipated location.

Will I have to wear Braces very long?
The length you will be required to wear your braces depends on your specific treatment plan. The majority of patients should be prepared to wear complete braces between eighteen to thirty months; afterwards they will wear a retainer nightly to ensure the results are permanent.

Is the treatment uncomfortable?
The interconnecting wires must be tightened up with every appointment, which will mildly push on the bands and brackets to move the teeth or jaws progressively into the final location. You may experience a slight tenderness subsequent to each visit, although the pain is short-lived. Also, remember that some of your teeth may require extraction to allow extra space due to teeth crowding for correct jaw alignment.

Do I need a special diet or change of personal habits?
Ideally, you need to cut back on sugar and starch based types of foods. Foods like cookies, chips and soda produce plaque and acid that lead to gum disease and encourage tooth decay. Fibrous foods such as apples or carrots should be cut down into smaller bite-size pieces. Avoid chewy, brittle and sticky food substances since they may cause loose brackets and wire damage. Additionally, stay away from seedy, hard and crunchy snacks because they could fracture braces. Other foods to avoid include hard candy, popcorn, nuts, or gum. Other don'ts: constantly breathing through your mouth, chewing on ice, flicking your teeth with your tongue, biting your lips, sucking your thumb.

To learn more about the do's and don'ts while you wear your braces, please view the following video.

What about home care of my teeth with braces?
With braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. Braces have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped. Brush carefully after every meal with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and check your teeth in the mirror to make sure they're clean. Take time to floss between braces and under wires with the help of a floss threader. Have your teeth cleaned every six months to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Insufficient cleaning while wearing braces can cause enamel staining around brackets or bands.

Who will provide my dental care?
It is necessary to continue visiting your family dentist for periodic check ups and cleanings, to maintain good oral and dental health during the course of your orthodontics treatment.

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