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Some experts estimate that seven out of ten people benefit from orthodontic treatment at some point in their lives and most often it is due to crooked teeth, which is a common dental problem.
A person with malocclusion or a bad bite is often someone who has an alignment problem with their teeth or jaw. An orthodontic treatment will help improve the bite. The teeth will be moved using appliances requiring exertion of a constant light pressure to them. More pressure will be received by the teeth when the appliances are tightened. As a response, a tooth will slowly move through the jawbone. A minor discomfort like tenderness and a little pain is reported to be felt as a result.
The Importance of Straight teeth
Your teeth can last a lifetime if you have good oral hygiene and regular dental care. Having orthodontic treatment will help in the improvement of the appearance, health and function of their teeth.
The function of normal chewing, and speech may be affected by crooked teeth which can also cause gum damage and tooth wear. Achieving proper oral hygiene and a better smile and appearance will be difficult.
When to Seek an Assessment
At the age of seven to nine these orthodontic problems may already be apparent, as it is also when most of the adult front teeth have come through. However, assessment and treatment can begin at any age, including adulthood.
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It’s easier to plan the best treatment, detect and evaluate problems through an early examination of the teeth and jaws. Early treatment is also a preventive method, as some orthodontic problems may be prevented from getting worse. It may also result in shorter and less complicated treatment if more treatment is required at a later age.
The optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment, as in most patients, is after the last baby tooth has been shed which would usually occur at around 12 years of age.
Treatment for Adults
The basic process involved in moving teeth is similar for any age, hence, what used to be a generally restricted treatment for children and teenagers were made available and is a success for adults.
Treatment for adults is usually longer because their jawbones are denser than in children. Some severe malocclusions cannot be corrected with braces alone because the facial bones of an adult no longer grow. In such cases, orthodontic treatment combined with jaw surgery can achieve improvements.
Examination and Treatment Planning
For proper diagnosis of malocclusion it is important to undergo a thorough examination. Accurate analysis of each patient is assisted with records, including:
- Plaster models of teeth from which the impressions are constructed
- Teeth and face photographs
- Teeth and jaw x-ray films
If it is too early for treatment to begin the patient will be reviewed at regular intervals, until the right time.
Retainers will be fitted after the removal of the braces once the orthodontic treatment has been completed. The retainers are fitted behind the teeth to hold them steady in their new positions as they may move out of alignment if not worn according to the instruction. After the retainers have been phased out, we make it a part of our service to inspect the corrected teeth at regular periods for up to five years and patients are expected to attend once or twice a year.
- Avoid sweets
- Some pressure and discomfort on your teeth may be experienced.
- Avoid chewing hard and/or sticky food, as well as be gentle with braces
- It may sometimes prove to be challenging and time consuming if you brush or floss around braces, but it is very important to do so.
- If you have any questions give the office a call
- Immediately bring a bracket that comes loose or off back to our office
- Use an electric toothbrush
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