Orthodontic treatment is a specialized branch of dentistry which deals with the treatment, diagnosis and correction of misaligned teeth, crooked bite patterns and malpositioned jaw joints. It can even focus on correcting facial asymmetry, known in dentofacial as orthodontic orthopedics. Orthodontists have special instruments and tools to assist them in their job.
Orthodontists use different types of tools to assist in their work. Among these are the straightening and shaping devices called ‘dental braces’. They are worn by the patient for the purpose of straightening the teeth and reducing the gaps between the teeth. The main purpose of dental braces is to correct misalignment and create a symmetrical smile.
Orthodontic braces, while helping the patient in correcting misalignment, are not permanent solutions. They are usually used to correct problems in the area of alignment only. They do not correct the entire set of teeth or correct the alignment of all teeth.
Orthodontic braces are generally made from a number of materials, including metal or ceramic. Metal braces are usually preferred by patients who have bigger gaps in their teeth and have a number of small holes. Ceramic braces are preferred by patients who have little teeth gaps and large teeth gaps. When it comes to the size of the teeth, a full mouth-set is preferred by many patients. For those patients who have tiny teeth, full mouth-sets or a partial mouth-set can be used.
There are three kinds of orthodontic braces: bridge, Inferior and Full. Bridge braces are also known as full dentures. These braces can be worn only for short periods. Full dentures help in supporting and holding the teeth in place and cannot be worn for very long periods.
Orthodontic braces are worn for long periods. Some orthodontists prescribe dental orthotics to patients suffering from conditions such as gingivitis and caries. This includes the use of special toothpastes and dental crowns. Specialized braces and tools are also recommended for use in treating patients with brittle teeth.
Orthodontic braces are expensive. It can cost thousands of dollars for treatment. However, the benefits that come with these braces far outweigh the expenses involved in their use.
Many children are now getting orthodontics braces because they are afraid to suffer from dental problems in their growing years. This is especially so because there are many different kinds of orthodontics available. Some people prefer the use of bridgework to avoid any form of orthodontic problems later on.
Braces are easy to wear, comfortable to use and easy to fit. If you have an orthodontic plan in mind, it is advisable to speak to your orthodontist.