Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that pertains to the treatment and care of your teeth. In addition, orthodontist is the professional who develops the skills to practice orthodontists and this professional is concerned primarily with the study and treatment of your teeth and improper bite, which is also called the malocclusion. This can result from a tooth irregularity in the improper alignment between your jaw and your teeth.
Orthodontists do not focus on treatments like crowns fillings cleanings or implants.
When a malocclusion occurs it usually means that the upper and lower teeth do not touch each other in the correct proportion. Malocclusion conditions are different with each patient and the method used to treat each patient is different. About 30% of the population that is affected by a malocclusion has to be given orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatments focus on the dental displacement and deals with the modification and control of the growth of facial bones and teeth. If the condition is severe, orthodontics and jaw surgery has to be performed on the patient. In addition, orthodontists will require surgical skills in order to treat the jawbone if this is required for a patient.
More comprehensive orthodontic treatments may require the use of metal wires, which are inserted into braces or brackets and these, are made from stainless steel material or they can be used from more aesthetically pleasing ceramic material. The ceramic material is often colored to match the color of the patient’s teeth. The wires are tightened in a manner that allows the brackets to move the teeth into a position desired by the orthodontist. Other options for orthodontic treatment involve the use of aligner trays, which consists of clear plastic trays that are applied to the teeth to help to move them into the desired location.
There are many appliances that orthodontist can employ in order to read direct the growth of a patient’s jaw. These may include removable appliances like plates headgear or other expansion appliances. These types of functional appliances are generally used on patients who are between the ages of 5 to 14 years. This is because their job can be modified and altered more easily than an adult jaw. This sort of treatment is classified as dentofacial orthodontics, which is followed by a mixed multi-bracket therapy to align the teeth and refine the malocclusion as well.
After the teeth have been aligned with, the patient needs to wear retainers over the teeth so that the teeth remain in the new positions. During this time, the bone reforms to the teeth appropriately. The retainers are worn for a few days or for as long as year and can be taken off a short time during the day. Although the teeth will stay aligned for the rest of the patient’s life, they may tend to crowd together as the patient ages even if the patient has never undergone orthodontic treatment. Accordingly, you can assume that your teeth may move a little bit as you age as an adult.
If you are in need of orthodontics, treatment contacts us at Pearland Family Dentistry today. Are orthodontist can identify the necessary features of your malocclusion and define the nature of your teeth problem. We can help to design a treatment strategy, which is based on the needs of our patients.