Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry concerned with improving the appearance, function, and stability of the teeth and jaws by straightening the teeth and correcting the bite.
The aim of Orthodontics is to produce a healthy, functional bite, creating greater resistance to disease and improving personal appearance. This contributes to mental and physical well-being.
The benefits of undergoing a course of treatment are as follows:
- improvement in facial aesthetics
- improvements in the function of the dentition
- prevention of trauma to prominent teeth and treatment of impacted teeth
- improved resistance of dental disease
Orthodontics is the straightening of teeth using appliances like braces or retainers, which apply pressure to the teeth. Since people are generally very conscious of what their smile looks like, orthodontists play a critical role in boosting their patients' self-esteem.
Orthodontics plays an important role in oral health, appearance and overall self-confidence. Misaligned teeth can cause bite problems that hinder eating. In addition crooked or overcrowded teeth are harder to brush and floss. These problems can lead to severe tooth decay and a host of other problems.
Braces are used to align teeth and give you a healthier and more attractive smile. Braces are most often made of metal and wire although many patients opt for cosmetically appealing options like clear, tooth-colored or gold braces. Some braces can actually be hidden behind the teeth. Another option is Invisalign, which consists of removable sets of clear aligners. In most cases patients wear braces for 20-24 months.
The benefits of wearing braces include a perfectly straight smile and teeth that are easier to clean and floss. If your teeth are crooked and you tend to grind your teeth at night, and you're grinding down and you're putting pressure on the crooked teeth, that will affect your TMJ joint and become a lot more tense, and the muscle will start to ache. If you get braces your teeth can be perfectly straight and you can correct your bite. Your bite will be in perfect alignment and this will possibly eliminate any future jaw problems that you might have.
Your Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dental practitioner.
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Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires.
With metal braces, you have the option of adding coloured elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colourful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.