Orthodontic specialists are professional teeth that you need to consult if you have problems related to teeth that are not aligned. The word “orthodontic” comes from the term Greek orthos (meaning “perfect” or “straight”), and Odous (meaning “teeth”). Orthodontic treatments help control teeth growth to ensure they do not become unbalanized, or help harmonize crooked teeth.
Treatment for teeth that are not aligned often require the use of dental equipment such as expander tastes, headgear, or braces. Some specialists provide jaw surgery for more extreme cases, where they reconstruct jaws and teeth. Read on to find out some of the most popular orthodontic treatments.
This treatment “prevents” development of misalignment by improving permanent teeth growth conditions. Preventive treatment examples are keeping space for permanent teeth growing if the baby switches early. This makes enough space for permanent teeth. Another example is the removal of infant teeth that does not fall normal to allow permanent teeth to erupt and grow.
Orthodontic specialists apply this type of treatment when teeth problems begin to develop at an early age. This treatment is similar to preventive care, unless they only apply to patients who have shown signs in developing misalignments. Application of palatal expanders to adjust the jaw of patients to allow their teeth to fit together better is an example of intereptic care.
This treatment focuses on correcting the problem of alignment or occlusion (bites) that are fully developed. It often requires the use of dental equipment such as headgear and braces to align teeth. In the past, many patients avoided orthodontic specialist visits for this treatment, because dental equipment looked uncomfortable and large. At present, there are “invisible” braces such as invisalign and clearly true, which benefits from normal braces without metal components. The “fast acting” braces are also available for adults who do not like the idea of wearing braces for several years.
Invisible and fast braces are usually more expensive than standard braces, but many teenagers and adults prefer this to avoid being a jokes target at school or working.
Adults may have more difficulty correcting teeth and jaws that are not aligned than children and adolescents. Orthodontic Surgery (also known as orthognathic operation or corrective jaw surgery), is often the last effort if there is no other orthodontic treatment for you. These procedures can treat problems such as a prominent or hidden jaw, jaw problems that make it difficult for patients to breathe, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).