Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry and it entails the aligning of teeth, which are crammed together and crooked or have gaps, developmental defects of the jaw, the rectification of deformed bites and jaw-related problems. These problems need to be rectified in order to enhance the visual appeal of your teeth, smile, your face and also patient's sense of self-esteem.
Perfectly positioned teeth considerably lessen the chances of injury to gums and teeth later on in life. The gains derived from orthodontic treatment can be really remarkable and long lasting. It is recommended that all children in the 8-9 years age should be examined since many dental problems can be detected in this period and resorting to a simple orthodontic remedy to rectify these problems can lessen or ensure that such problems do not happen in the future. Orthodontic treatment is an excellent option for all age group where teeth straightening or alignment is concerned in its most natural way!!
Malocclusion or irregular teeth needs attention not only because of cosmetic purpose but also because malocclusion causes many other problems like:
- Increase risk of decay due to inability to brush or floss the teeth
- Tooth wear or grinding of teeth
- Increased risk of accidental trauma
- Altered speech
- Poor aesthetic
In today’s world where looks or esthetics are prime concern, an early detection of malocclusion and its treatment can make a child much more confident to evolve as an individual who is ready to face the peer pressure of the society.
Early age attendance to orthodontic problems gives us the opportunity to treat the patient in lesser time because in such case we get an option of designing and formulating the smile in respect to the unerupted teeth which can be aligned and repositioned by creating spaces. Thus there is no need to extract teeth or spend more time with braces!!
In the past, during the quest for straight teeth it was routine to extract teeth when a patient’s mouth was overcrowded. Nowadays, however, orthodontists prefer to consider other options before deciding whether you need extractions before getting braces for your teeth. The decision of the orthodontic doctor regarding extractions depends on several factors:
- Age of patient
- Severity of the crowding
- Development of the dental arch
- Protruding lips
- Bite of the patient
If you've decided that you want to correct any flaws in your smile, the biggest decision you'll need to make is what type of braces you want applied to your teeth. While you may be concerned that any adult orthodontic device you choose is going to look odd in your mouth, the good news is that there are actually some types of adult braces that aren't very noticeable at all. These discreet options allow you to get the smile you've always wanted, without having to worry about being embarrassed whenever you’re interacting with your peers and colleagues.