Many people feel bad about their smiles due to misaligned or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment is the best way to restore their smile. It is a way of straightening or moving teeth to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It is also used to correct protruding, crowded or irregularly spaced teeth or jaw problems.
Who needs orthodontic treatment?
People who have crowded or crooked teeth or upper front teeth that stick out and look unsightly need orthodontic treatment to correct these problems. This can improve their appearance and the way the teeth bite together, while also making them easier to clean.
Some people have a problem while closing the jaw. Orthodontic treatment can help them to bite more evenly.
What is age criteria?
It is better to begin orthodontic treatment in childhood (8 – 14 years), because at this age the child’s permanent teeth erupt. Hence, a treatment that begins when a child is growing gives optimal results. But it can be done in adults also.
How is the treatment carried out?
Orthodontic treatment is carried by appliances of many sorts of braces. There are various types of braces available like
- Metal braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual braces
- Clear aligners like Invisalign
Orthodontic braces usually need adjusting every 4 to 6 weeks.
Will it hurt?
At first, appliances may feel strange and can cause discomfort. But it goes away with time. If the problem doesn’t go away, the orthodontist may be able to carry out adjustments to help.
How to care for brace and teeth?
- Choose the Proper Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouth Rinse
- Brush Your Teeth to Remove Food and Beverage Debris
- Floss at Least Once a Day
- Use an Oral Irrigator to Clean Your Teeth and Braces
- Avoid snacks and drinks containing sugars, and fizzy drinks. Also, avoid sticky and hard foods that may damage your brace.