Straighten Your Teeth With Cosmetic Orthodontics

Orthodontics is that special branch of dentistry which deals with fixing crooked or malaligned teeth, an improper bite or malocclusion and even dento-facial profiles altogether.

Orthodontics does not necessarily have to focus on just aligning crooked teeth for esthetic reasons, it can also be performed on people who do not have appropriate jaw-tooth relations and whose facial profile could use some adjustments to look and function better. Orthodontic treatment can also be done on growing children to ensure that their jaw grows into the correct position while it is still growing into its permanent form. Orthodontists have the skills to practically reconstruct the entire face with just orthodontic appliances.

Orthodontic treatment for young patients is usually done to ensure that their permanent teeth erupt into their correct positions and that there is enough space for them to erupt after the deciduous or ‘milk’ teeth fall out. Children who have just gotten all their permanent teeth may have malaligned or crooked teeth due to lack of space for the larger, permanent teeth. For such cases, ‘palatal expanders’ may be used to create space. Thereafter, fixed appliances known as ‘braces’ are used to align the crooked teeth.

Braces are the fixed, functional appliances used in orthodontic treatment to move teeth into their desired, correct positions. They comprise of brackets which are small metal (stainless steel) or ceramic pieces with slots for orthodontics wires to pass through them. They are cemented onto the teeth and the orthodontic wires passing through them determine the positions that the teeth will move into. They stay cemented on the teeth throughout the duration of treatment.

Other appliances used to aid in orthodontic treatment are the Herbst appliance, palatal expanders, head gear and their use depends on whether they are needed or not during treatment.

After orthodontic treatment has been completed, the orthodontist will either provide removable or fixed appliances known as retainers to help retain the newly moved teeth in their desired positions. Teeth may move for unknown reasons throughout life, especially right after orthodontic treatment as the bone has not completely reformed. The teeth may become crooked again if they are not controlled to stay in their new positions. Retainers help to keep the newly moved teeth in place while the bone around them reforms and hardens completely. They may need to be worn constantly for about a year after treatment and then occasionally to help maintain the teeth in their positions. Removable retainer wear depends solely on patient compliance while fixed retainers are simple wires cemented onto the back of teeth permanently. Both serve the same function except that fixed retainers are a better option for people who aren’t regular with wearing their retainers.

People at all ages except the elderly (since they have compromised bone density and tooth vitality) can have orthodontic treatment and there is usually no limitation on who can enjoy the perfect set of teeth and the perfect facial profile with orthodontic treatment. Even very conscious patients who are concerned about the esthetic drawbacks of braces have the option of getting lingual braces (orthodontic treatment with braces placed behind the teeth) which do not show.

The ‘power’ of orthodontics is amazing and almost any result can be achieved with having orthodontic treatment for correcting a bite or a smile. Always make sure you select a reliable, experienced orthodontist for your orthodontic treatment!