Types of Treatments Provided by Your OrthodontistPosted On: March 11, 2014 Author: Las Vegas Orthodontics
An orthodontist is the practitioner or specialist of orthodontics. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals in preventing and correcting the irregularity of our teeth. A sample of what we do is making braces for you. It is also called dental orthopedics.
A genuine smile and correctly arranged teeth is one of the most wonderful assets we can have and be proud of.
Aside from the 4-year dental course, we orthodontists have to add another 2 to 3 years in a residency program to become fully pledged. In this program, we are taught and practice how to treat misaligned teeth. Once done with the residency, we can then treat teeth misalignments that need the help of retainers, braces, or headgear. A dentist cannot be called an orthodontist unless he has completed these additional training and education programs.
As discussed by MouthandTeeth.com, here we will explain some of the most common types of orthodontic treatments.
Benefits of Early Detection and Treatment
* Orthodontists can guide the incoming permanent teeth in a child and also monitor their jaw development accordingly.
* Early treatment helps to regulate and manage the distance between dental arches – upper and lower.
* It can gain the space needed in preparation for the incoming of permanent teeth.
* Permanent tooth extractions can also be avoided.
* The likelihood of impacted permanent teeth is reduced.
* Thumb sucking can be corrected early.
* Abnormal swallowing and speech problems can be eliminated.
* Early detection and treatment will simply future treatments.
How does an Orthodontist Treat Common Teeth Concerns?
* Crowding teeth – This happens when children less than seven years old still have their baby teeth and their permanent teeth are already surfacing. The new teeth have no room to grow. This can be treated with braces.
* Open bite – This happens when upper and lower front teeth don’t touch. This is often the result of a child sucking his/her thumb while young. It is treated using braces and a special appliance called a crib.
* Deep overbite – This is when the palate is bitten by lower front teeth. This must be treated early on to avoid surgery. When it is not addressed during childhood, it can require jaw surgery. But still, braces are the most common initial treatment. One noted case took two years before the problem was fully treated.
* Lateral incisors are missing – This occurs when the teeth have gaps in between them. This can be congenital. It is treated using braces for a longer period of time to make the teeth move to their proper positions. The missing teeth can be filled in using Maryland bridges.
* Underbite – It happens when lower front teeth come in front of upper teeth. It causes jaw discomfort in patients. This can be treated using braces and retainers.
* Overbite – This happens when the front teeth are protruding. This needs two stages of treatment. One is about helping the jaws move harmoniously using expander and partial braces. The second one is to align the teeth and the bite.
Non-brace treatment happens when the teeth naturally re-align. An orthodontics procedure can be done to reduce the width of adjacent baby teeth.
Other Types of Orthodontics Treatment
* Surgical orthodontics – If orthodontics means repositioning of teeth, surgical orthodontics corrects a patient’s jaw irregularities. It greatly improves normal functions, such as speaking, chewing, and breathing. It is also done to enhance facial appearance. Braces are always used in conjunction with this procedure to straighten or align the jaws. Braces help by making sure teeth are properly positioned even after the surgery. This is monitored regularly.
* Damon System – These are braces too, but are more comfortable than traditional ones. They provide freedom of movement for the teeth. Thus, they align faster and easier. It is just a simplified procedure of the old practice. They are smaller and easier to be kept clean.
* Using Invisalign Teen for teenagers – These aligners are the clear alternative to braces. They are clear, removable, durable, super comfortable, and customized for each patient. They do not obligate the patient to avoid specific foods, such as nuts, big apples and pears, pizza, or pop corn.
These treatments may take months or years depending on the severity of the case. As your orthodontist clinic, we can advise what’s best for your teeth. We are one of the best clinics for orthodontics here in Las Vegas, NV. Come on! It’s high time to share that captivating smile!
(Image and excerpt from Types of Orthodontic Treatment)