Orthodontic Approaches in Dentistry
Orthodontics is a practice in dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are not positioned properly. It is hard to keep the teeth clean when they are misaligned or crooked. It increases the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease that stresses the chewing muscles that cause headaches, TMJ syndrome, and back pain. When teeth are the not properly positioned, they devalue your look. Orthodontist is a specialist in the field of orthodontics. Your dentist will determine whether you need orthodontics after using diagnostic tools which include full medical and dental health history. The dentist will decide the orthodontic approaches to use to correct the position of your teeth.
You will be a candidate for orthodontic treatment if your upper teeth lie too far forward over the lower teeth or vice versa. Also when your upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting and spaced between the biting surfaces when back teeth bite together. Misplaced midline, gaps, and crowding are other qualifications for orthodontic treatment.
Both fixed, and removable appliances are used to help move teeth, retain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. Different appliances will be used on different patients depending on the status of their teeth.
Braces have bands, wires, and brackets and they are mostly used. While the braces run around your teeth; the brackets are placed in front. Arch wire go through the brackets and bind to the bands. The teeth move to their correct place with time due to pressure as the wire of the braces are tightened. They are usually adjusted monthly to bring about the desired effect. They nowadays come in different styles and color, it is just upon you to decide what you prefer.
Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting are controlled by use of special fixed appliances. The band are used to place the specially fixed appliances to the teeth firmly. They are very uncomfortable when eating and should be the last option to consider using.
Babies gaps can be kept open using fixed space maintenance when they lose a tooth before time. A band is bound to the tooth next to the gap and a wire is used to provide support to the band.
Adults can use removable aligners without metals instead of braces. They should always be removed before eating or brushing.
We also have the removable space maintenance. They are Made of acrylic material and plastic and wire branches with specific teeth to keep the space open. Other orthodontic procedures are check bumpers, removable retainers and the headgear.
Improve you teeth by going to the orthodontics to get a bite correction, eliminate crowding and easy cleaning of your teeth. The chances of your teeth damaging are low and you facial aesthetics is improved.