Orthodontics (Bracket) Treatment
Each of us dream of a healthy, shiny and beautiful smile, however sometimes genetic factors or unavoidable lifestyle habits make it hard for us to achieve this vision. Luckily, contemporary orthodontic treatment options provide a way for us to take a closer step to a perfect set of teeth and a healthy mouth.
What Are Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that consists of correcting teeth and jaws that are not positioned properly. Crooked teeth, teeth that do not fit correctly or misaligned jaws are the main objectives of orthodontic treatment options. The advantages of orthodontic treatment consist of but are not limited to a lifetime lasting, healthy teeth, a strong mouth and jaw, and surely a more pleasing, attractive appearance.
The doctor in charge of all orthodontic procedures is called an orthodontist. Orthodontists are obliged to complete an additional 4 years of education apart from their dentist degree in order to qualify for orthodontic procedures.
What Are Types of Orthodontic Treatments?
There are many different types of appliances used in orthodontic treatment which mainly help to move teeth in the desired direction. These appliances can be both fixed and removable, and are decided according to the patient’s individual case and needs. The appliances used in orthodontics work by applying gentle but steady pressure on the teeth and jaws.
Here are some of the appliances (fixed and removable) that are commonly used in orthodontic treatment:
1- Braces:Being the most common orthodontic appliance, the braces (brackets) take on the role of bonding the front of the teeth and keeping the appliance steady and durable. The wires are passed through the brackets, which creates tightening in the arch and produces the pressure needed for the treatment to work.
2- Fixed Appliances:Special fixed appliances can be used in order to control thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, while fixed space maintainers are mostly designed to address a prematurely lost baby tooth and the space caused by it.
3- Clear Aligners:Serial aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and provide a much more cosmetic treatment option due to the fact that they are removable and most importantly almost invisible.
4- Other dental appliances:Jaw repositioning appliances, lip and cheek bumpers, removable retainers and headgear are all designed for orthodontic treatment options and specialize in all kinds of different dental problems.
How Can I Know That I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
If you have any of the symptoms listed below, it may be time for you to visit our dental office in Zekeriyaköy, Istanbul:
* Overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite
* Spacing in the mouth
* Crowding in the mouth
* Misplaced midline
* Crooked growing teeth