What is Orthodontics (Braces) ?
Orthodontics is the branch of Dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, usually with braces (brackets and wires attached to the teeth).
How do I know if my child or I need Orthodontics?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial examination no later than age seven. By age 7, enough permanent teeth have come in and enough jaw growth has occurred, that problems can be identified. Sometimes, however, the need for Orthodontic treatment is evident much earlier, and that is when a visit to a General or Family Dentist becomes important since very often they get to see the child before the Orthodontist. The need for Orthodontics is easily justified when crowding or malpositioned teeth are evident. The need is less likely to be noticed in many cases. Some are listed below: Early or late loss of baby teeth Difficulty chewing or biting Crowding, malpositioned, or blocked out teeth Jaws that shift or make sounds Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth Teeth that do not meet at all Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face Finger sucking or pacifier habits continued beyond the age of six
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Types of orthodontic treatment available
Orthodontics, like other dental specialties, offers new advances and techniques that may not have been popular or available ten years ago. Some of these techniques make it easier and more appealing to undergo orthodontic treatment. Some of these techniques are: Conventional Orthodontics Clear Aligner Appliances (Invisalign, Clear Correct) Short Term Orthodontics
Conventional Orthodontics (Braces)
The most commonly accepted way orthodontic treatment is provided to patients, consisting of bonded brackets and wirws that move teeth and takes about 18 to 24 months to complete.
Clear Aligner Therapy (Invisalign, Clear Correct)
This fairly new method of treatment has become very popular because of several advantages over conventional orthodontics. The first is that the aligners are clear and almost invisible, addressing a cosmetic need. The second advantage is the removable nature of the appliance, which allows for better access for brushing and flossing. There have been several companies that produce clear aligners. Of these, Invisalign and Clear Correct are the most commonly used, and Invisalign is the market leader due to their marketing efforts. For additional information about clear aligners or Invisalign,click here.
Short Term Orthodontics
The newest trend in the orthodontics techniques market. Promoted under several trademarked names, including "six month braces", offers to treat only the front teeth or smile or cosmetic zone without attempting to fix any problems with the bite or the back teeth, and do it in a short period of time of about six months. This appeals to individuals that may be ok with wearing braces for a few months in order to get a nicer smile.