Orthodontic treatment is a method of straightening or moving your teeth to improve their appearance and functionality. It can also assist in looking after the long-term health of your teeth, jaw joints, and gums. The treatment functions by spreading your biting pressure over all your teeth.
The problem of crowded or crooked teeth is quite common among many people and orthodontic treatment can straighten or move the teeth into a better position. The movement can improve their appearance and the way the teeth bite together. Treatment from an orthodontist also helps ease the difficulties faced by many people when cleaning their teeth.
Some people have front teeth in the upper jaw that stick out and look ungainly. These are more likely to be damaged unless help is sought from orthodontic treatment move them back in line. For some people, it is the other way around and the lower teeth stick out leading to an incorrect bite. The problem again can be treated by orthodontists with orthodontic braces.
When the teeth do not meet correctly they put a strain on the muscles in the jaw to cause pain and problems like headaches. The goal of treatment from orthodontists is to help you to bite evenly and reduce the strain.
The appropriate time for receiving orthodontic treatment is during childhood but adults can also receive the treatment at any age. Presently nearly 20% of Americans are approaching orthodontists for problems with their teeth.
Your dentist may offer you orthodontic treatment or refer you to a specialist with extra qualifications for the treatment. The orthodontic specialist may be practicing independently or in a hospital department.
The most important part is to have a comprehensive evaluation by the orthodontist overlook at your teeth by taking x-rays and making plaster models of your teeth and mouth. The orthodontist or your dental team will discuss the treatment options available with you. After you are certain you want to go ahead you can begin the treatment as soon as possible.
If you do not have sufficient space for all your permanent teeth you may be required to have some permanent teeth extracted to make the space necessary. Your dental team will keep you intimated about the requirement because at times space can be made using other types of treatments.
Simple treatments may be performed by removable braces that have delicate wires and springs attached for moving the teeth using gentle pressure. However, in many cases teeth need to be guided precisely where removable braces may not be appropriate. In such cases, fixed teeth braces will be used with brackets and wires that are temporarily fixed on the teeth. The brackets are connected by a wire to allow the teeth to be moved. The appliance cannot be removed by yourself unless you visit an orthodontist and therefore they are known as fixed braces.
Adults that are embarrassed to wear the braces in their mouths can consider invisible braces that are available in the form of clear aligners. The clear aligners are tough and can be used for straightening the teeth. They are removable when eating, drinking, and maintaining oral hygiene. Adults will be provided several sets of aligners made from translucent plastic. Each set must be worn for two weeks before replacing it with another set. This is a discreet method of correcting problems with the teeth and is preferred by adults.
Teenagers who may also not want metal and wire braces in their mouths can consider clear braces that are made from ceramic and are just as effective as metal and wire braces. They are similar to the traditional variety and only differ because they have clear brackets and wires that are less visible than metal.
The orthodontist in Ontario can provide patients with any type of braces he or she may prefer after a careful evaluation of the patient’s mouths. The duration of the treatment will depend upon the complexity of the case and some discomfort can be expected during the initial stages of the treatment. However orthodontic treatment will succeed and provide the patient with beautiful teeth and smile as long as they follow the instructions of the orthodontist treating them.