Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that treats malocclusion, a condition in which the teeth are not in their correct position when you close your mouth, resulting in an improper bite.
Orthodontists specialize in changing the position of teeth in the mouth and making the teeth straight using fixed and removable dental devices such as braces, retainers, and bands. Accordingly, they treat dental abnormalities, including:
The goal of some treatments is to make a person look better. But the goal of orthodontics is to fix the way a person bites. Also, teeth that are straight and have even gaps between them will line up with the teeth on the other side of the jaw. Because having healthy teeth means you can talk, chew, and eat well. In the past, people who needed braces were the only ones who went to an orthodontist. However, orthodontists can help people of any age with dental problems.
Orthodontics has additional benefits over improving cosmetic appearance, which include:
For this purpose, the orthodontist uses a range of medical and dental devices to achieve these goals, including headgear, plates, and braces.
Orthodontic devices can be removable or fixed:
Most of the devices used in orthodontics are fixed ones. On the one hand, it’s normal to eat with fixed tools. On the other hand, you should stay away from certain drinks and foods, like sticky foods and drinks with carbonation. Orthodontics treatments are:
Braces consist of bands, wires, and brackets. Typically, the last one connects to the front of the teeth. While bands serve as anchors for the appliance by being fixed firmly around the teeth, wires fix to the bands and pass through the brackets in the shape of an arch. When the dentist tightens the archwire, tension is applied to the teeth. In the long run, it moves the teeth into the proper position.
Follow-up involves monthly visits to tighten or adjust the braces. For that reason, treatment may last from several months to some years. Obviously, both coloured and clear braces are available.
Minor problems may be treated by removable orthodontic appliances. For example, correcting slightly crooked teeth or preventing thumb sucking. Although these appliances should only be taken out when flossing, cleaning, or eating, the orthodontist may sometimes advise the patient to remove them during certain activities, such as cycling or playing a wind instrument.
Examples of removable appliances are:
Instead of braces, adults can use aligners because they are almost impossible to see. You can take them out to eat, floss, or brush your teeth. You will wear an aligner for two to three weeks. Then, our dentist will replace it with one that fits better.
As it is shown, a headgear is a strap around the back of the head attached to a face bow or metal wire in the front to keep the back teeth in position, pull back the front ones, and slow down upper jaw growth.
Finally, our dentist uses retainers to stop the teeth from moving to their original position after treatment. Also, she may use them to prevent children from thumb sucking.
Generally, there are two types of removable retainers:
Dentists glue or bond the permanent retainers to the back of the teeth. And they usually recommend permanent retainers for lower anterior teeth because of the high risk of reverting to their former position.
In some cases, orthodontists recommend a fixed permanent one on the lower anterior teeth and the clear plastic aligner type, which would fit the entire lower arch.
Our dentist is an expert in aligning and straightening teeth considering that she uses orthodontic treatments to correct jaw imperfections, malocclusion, crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites. So Dr. Yarahmadi is not only about enhancing or correcting a smile, but she also improves your dental health.
Dental Land offers orthodontic services for adults, teens, and children, including invisible braces, clear braces, and traditional metal braces. Also, we offer Invisalign clear aligners. Finally, children and adults can achieve excellent orthodontic results to straighten teeth with early evaluation and diagnosis.
Book an appointment, and we will develop a treatment plan just for you. Because at Dental Land in Summerhill, we treat adults and children with a full range of orthodontic solutions.
Dental Land is your convenient choice for orthodontics in Summerhill, Toronto. We are here for you. With our on-site orthodontic team, you can receive all dental services under one roof.