Orthodontics, commonly known as teeth straightening, is the use of orthodontic devices to realign crooked or crowded teeth. It can help close gaps between your teeth and treat typical problems like an overjet or a deep bite.
Fixed braces, which are affixed to your teeth with wires and brackets, and transparent, removable aligners, such as Invisalign aligners, are two treatment alternatives.
You might believe that only teens wear braces, but they are appropriate for all ages, and there are a variety of solutions to pick from according to your specific needs. We assist a wide range of patients, from youngsters to those in their 70s, in achieving the smile of their dreams.
Orthodontic treatment can help treat or improve the following:
Impacted teeth: This can happen when an adult tooth does not emerge from the gum or bone or only emerges partially.
Asymmetrical teeth: The upper and lower teeth do not match, especially when the mouth is closed but the teeth are showing.
Deep bite, or overbite: When the teeth are clenched, the upper ones come down too far over the lower ones.
Reverse bite: When the teeth are clenched, the upper teeth bite inside the lower ones.
Open bite: When the teeth are clenched, there is an opening between the upper and lower teeth.
Underbite: The upper teeth are too far back, or the lower teeth are too far forward.
Crossbite: At least one of the upper teeth does not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when the teeth are clenched. They are too near the cheek or the tongue.
Spacing: There are gaps or spaces between the teeth, either because a tooth is missing, or the teeth do not fill-up the mouth. This is the opposite of crowding.
While you are ready to begin your treatment, keep in mind that there are several options available, and each one will be based exclusively on your orthodontic issues and how they will help you. Furthermore, the orthodontist will determine the type of orthodontic therapy after analyzing your dental condition. Here are the many sorts of orthodontic treatments, as well as why and when the orthodontist will do them.
Braces come in a variety of styles, including metal braces, transparent braces, and self-ligating braces. Braces are primarily used for orthodontic treatment, and unlike in the past, they have been updated to the point where people are unlikely to detect them while they are worn. Furthermore, braces might be set or detachable.
Invisalign is a popular and practical type of invisible aligner that has various advantages, including a “user-friendly” design. Invisalign treatment is both invisible and removable at all times. It is, however, more expensive than other braces, although it is of high quality.
A retainer is another type of orthodontic treatment that is often used during the latter stages of therapy. It can be fixed or removable.
When combined, this therapy maintains the teeth in place while the gums and bones are relocated. You can permanently straighten your teeth if you keep a retainer for most of your life.
However, tooth extraction may be essential at some times. It’s usually done to improve and correct the positioning of the next tooth/teeth.