Orthodontics

can

transform your smile and your oral health
 
Learn about the different types of treatment and how to care for your teeth during the process

Overview of Orthodontics

?What is Orthodontics

It is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting dental irregularities such as crooked teeth, bite problems, and overcrowding

The Importance of Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment can improve not only your smile but also your overall dental health by fixing problems that can cause gum disease, tooth loss, and other issues

Common Dental Problems

Some common dental problems that orthodontics can address are crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, and gaps between your teeth

Self-ligating Braces

A type of braces that uses a specialized clip instead of elastics to hold the wire in place, resulting in less discomfort and faster treatment time.

Lingual Braces

A type of braces that attaches to the back of your teeth instead of the front, making them invisible when you smile

Clear Aligners

A transparent and removable alternative to braces that uses a series of custom-made clear plastic trays to move your teeth into place

 

Traditional Braces

The most popular type of orthodontic treatment that involves brackets, wires, and elastics to align your teeth

Importance of Dental Health in Orthodontics

1. Oral Hygiene

Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are essential to keep your teeth and gums healthy during orthodontic treatment.

2. Dietary Restrictions

Avoid hard, sticky, and sugary foods that can damage your appliances and cause tooth decay

3. Professional Cleanings

Regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist or orthodontist keep your teeth and appliances in good condition

Retainer

After your treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Appliance Fitting

Your orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth and fit you with your chosen appliance.

Adjustments

You will need periodic adjustments to tighten your wires and check your progress.

Initial Consultation

Your orthodontist will examine your teeth and determine the best treatment plan for your needs.

Common Orthodontic Appliances

Headgear

Attached to the braces to correct overbite or underbite by applying pressure to the teeth and jawbone.

Expanders

Used to widen the upper jaw or the palate to create more space for crowded teeth and improve the bite.

Braces

A combination of brackets and wires that are attached to the teeth to guide them into the desired position.

Benefits of Orthodontics

Improved Appearance

Straight teeth and a beautiful smile can give you confidence and boost your self-esteem.

Better Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems

Improved Function

Properly aligned teeth and a correct bite can improve your speech, eating, and overall dental function

Tips for Maintaining Oral Health During Orthodontic Treatment

Using a Mouth guard

If you play sports or other recreational activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and teeth.

Avoiding Sugary and Sticky Foods

Avoid candies, soda, and other sugary and sticky foods that can cause tooth decay and damage your appliances.

Brushing and Flossing

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Use interdental brushes to clean between the wires and brackets.