Orthodontics is a dental specialty that involves the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of improperly aligned teeth and jaws. It is commonly associated with the use of braces (metal or ceramic), but it can also involve the use of other devices such as aligners and retainers in young children.
There are many reasons why people may choose to undergo orthodontic treatment. One of the most common reasons is to improve the aesthetics of their smile and overall facial appearance. An aesthetic smile in harmony with the face enhances confidence and self-esteem. In addition to aesthetics, there are many other health benefits of orthodontic treatment, including:
Improved oral hygiene: Improperly aligned teeth create niches that are prone to easier plaque and tartar buildup, more challenging cleaning, and ultimately more difficult maintenance of optimal oral hygiene and oral health. Orthodontic treatment can help align the teeth and make them easier to clean, thereby promoting better oral health.
Another important benefit of orthodontic treatment is improving the function of the bite. Properly aligned teeth and a well-adapted bite allow for normal physiological loading of the teeth. These factors are important for avoiding tooth wear, tooth and bone trauma, and overall good dental health throughout life.
Orthodontic treatment with braces is the most common and universal method for treating orthodontic deformities. It can treat all types of bite problems and tooth misalignments. Braces can be standard metal braces or cosmetic ceramic braces, according to the patient’s preference. The characteristic feature of braces is that they are fixed and cannot be removed.
Treatment with aligners involves a series of sequential steps using transparent trays that inconspicuously align your teeth. The key aspect with aligners is that they can be removed for brushing and eating, but it is important to wear them for 20-22 hours a day to achieve the desired effect. They are particularly suitable for adult patients seeking aesthetic corrections primarily affecting the front teeth.
Typically, orthodontic treatments aimed at comprehensive bite correction last between 1 and 2 years. Accumulation of wear on the front teeth with age is a common occurrence that worsens aesthetics and hygiene. In aesthetic orthodontic corrections where not all teeth require corrections and movements, the treatment is significantly shorter and lighter, suitable for any age!
Orthodontic treatment with aligners can be very helpful for milder cases of misaligned teeth in the front area of adult patients. By combining teeth whitening and minor bonding corrections, excellent results can be achieved while avoiding more invasive procedures such as veneers and crowns.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, it is important to consult with a qualified orthodontist who can assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment. Visit Nordenta Dental Clinic, and together we will find the best solution for your smile!