In the field of dentistry, orthodontics is one of the many specialties. The word “orthodontics” derives from the Greek words orthos, which means straight, and odons, which means teeth. The field of orthodontics is concerned with diagnosing and treating tooth misalignment and irregularities in the jaw area. At first, orthodontic treatments were primarily designed to treat teens and preteens, but today around 30 percent of orthodontic patients are adults.
Well-aligned teeth offer many benefits, including easier cleaning, better oral hygiene, clearer speech, and a more pleasing smile. While orthodontic treatment can be effective at any age, the American Dental Association recommends that an orthodontic assessment be conducted around the age of seven. There is no doubt that the earlier orthodontic treatment is started, the sooner the problem can be successfully resolved.
The field of orthodontics is a versatile one that can be used independently, as well as in conjunction with maxillofacial surgery and cosmetic dentistry.
Orthodontics is commonly used to treat the following conditions:
Aesthetic problems –
A beautiful, straight smile may be marred by a single misaligned tooth that can ruin the appearance of the smile. The orthodontist can realign this tooth with ease and accuracy. It is also possible for orthodontists to reshape and restructure the lips, the jaw or the face with the help of orthodontic treatment.
As a technologically advanced field, orthodontics offers many sophisticated solutions to malocclusions and other cosmetic issues. To diagnose the precise nature of the discrepancy, the orthodontist will generally perform a visual examination, panoramic x-rays, and study models (bite impressions) before recommending an orthodontic treatment plan.
An orthodontic diagnosis can lead to a variety of treatment options.
The following are some of the most common treatments:
Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns regarding orthodontics.
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