Benefits of Orthodontics Treatment
An attractive smile and improved self-image are some of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. But, alleviating and preventing physical health problems is just as important. Without orthodontic treatment, dental problems can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, chewing and digestive difficulties, speech impairments, tooth loss, and other dental injuries.
Your general dentist may have discussed with you the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to clean and maintain, which can result in tooth decay, worsen gum disease, and lead to tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. These can lead to chronic headaches and facial or neck pain. Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required to treat dental problems arising as a result of orthodontic problems. For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics.
BRACES ARE FOR EVERYONE
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. For children, it is best to be seen by an orthodontist by the age of 7 to advise if
orthodontic treatment is required, and if it’s the ideal time for a child to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time, and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is started early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth.
For adults, the benefits of a beautiful smile are especially appreciated. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21 years old. Bad bites can be detrimental to a patient’s health. Restorations, crowns, or bridges are often difficult for a dentist to provide without prior repositioning of the teeth by an orthodontist.
HOW ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT WORKS
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable, or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was laced around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or have a metallic color. You can also choose the colors of the ties that hold the wire in the brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be, and the latest materials move teeth faster and with less discomfort to patients. You also have options like clear Invisalign trays or braces that go on the back of your teeth so you can’t see them when you smile.
DURATION OF TREATMENT
Treatment time usually ranges from 1-3 years, depending on the growth of a patient’s mouth and face and/or the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates, and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to complete treatment may differ from the original estimate. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands and/or other appliances are important factors in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as 6 months.
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