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About Orthodontics

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics-get healthier and attractive looking teeth!

Crooked, chipped teeth pose various dental health issues. It is difficult to clean teeth that do not fit together properly. Also, it increases the risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and TMJ syndrome. With the help of orthodontic treatment one can fix such problems and can enjoy healthier teeth and mouth.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the correction of misaligned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment is offered to people who may be suffering from underbite, open bite, overbite, cross bite, crowded teeth, spacing between teeth, or those who have misplaced midline. The treatment involves use of both fixed and movable appliances for improving the positioning and physical appearance of the teeth and the gums. Commonly used fixed appliances in orthodontic treatment include braces, special fixed appliances and space maintainers. Removable appliances include aligners, jaw repositioning appliances, bumpers, removable retainers, and headgear.

These appliances help correct the problem by applying gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. However, it is the severity of the condition that determines which appliance would be used for achieving the desired results.

The dentists who specialise in this branch of dentistry are called orthodontists.


Who is the best candidate?

Orthodontic treatment can be availed by people who have the following problems: Overbite- a condition in which upper front teeth stick out over the lower teeth. Underbite-a problem where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth are too far backward Crossbite-upper teeth do not come down properly in front of the lower teeth when biting together Open bite — there is space between the biting surfaces of the front and side teeth when one bites the back teeth together Misplaced midline—the centre of the upper front teeth does not line up with the centre of the lower front teeth Spacing — space or gaps occur between the teeth due to missing teeth Crowding — when there are too many teeth in the mouth People who suffer from any of the above dental problems can consult their dentist to know if they can benefit from the orthodontic treatment. The orthodontist or dentist would take the X-ray, and would take into account the complete medical and dental history of the person to determine which orthodontist treatment would work the best for him/her.

Side effects:

Some of the potential risks that are involved in orthodontics are Irritation in the mouth Mouth sores Root resorption Metal poisoning from brackets and retainers Fatigue Headache Nausea Vomiting Dizziness Sinus and tooth infections Subsequent tooth loss However, when performed by a qualified and experienced orthodontist, the risks and side-effects of the treatment are significantly minimised.

What is the Cost?

The cost of orthodontics treatment varies since it depends on the nature of the problem that needs to be fixed, the results that one wants to achieve, the type of orthodontic appliance that is used, and the location and fee of the individual orthodontist. To get the exact price quote for braces or retainers or aligners you must talk to your orthodontist. Get the right orthodontics treatment and improve your dental health and physical appearance.

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