Reducing the proportion of traditional orthodontic extraction, facial curve is more gentle and beautiful, smiling curve more natural, full of confidence!
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one's appearance.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics?
Only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, an orthodontist or dentist can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that's right for you.
If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:
• Overbite, sometimes called "buck teeth" — where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth
• Underbite — a "bulldog" appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
• Crossbite — when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
• Open bite — space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
• Misplaced midline— when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
• Spacing — gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not "fill up" the mouth
• Crowding — when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.
Fixed appliances include:
• Braces — the most common fixed appliances, braces consist of bands, wires and/or brackets. Bands are fixed around the teeth or tooth and used as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are most often bonded to the front of the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, gradually moving them to their proper position. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to bring about the desired results, which may be achieved within a few months to a few years. Today's braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright colors for kids as well as clear styles preferred by many adults.
• Special fixed appliances — used to control thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, these appliances are attached to the teeth by bands. Because they are very uncomfortable during meals, they should be used only as a last resort.
• Fixed space maintainers — if a baby tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer is used to keep the space open until the permanent tooth erupts. A band is attached to the tooth next to the empty space, and a wire is extended to the tooth on the other side of the space.
Removable appliances include:
• Aligners — an alternative to traditional braces for adults, serial aligners are being used by an increasing number of orthodontists to move teeth in the same way that fixed appliances work, only without metal wires and brackets. Aligners are virtually invisible and are removed for eating, brushing and flossing.
• Removable space maintainers — these devices serve the same function as fixed space maintainers. They're made with an acrylic base that fits over the jaw, and have plastic or wire branches between specific teeth to keep the space between them open.
• Jaw repositioning appliances — also called splints, these devices are worn on either the top or lower jaw, and help train the jaw to close in a more favorable position. They may be used for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).
• Lip and cheek bumpers — these are designed to keep the lips or cheeks away from the teeth. Lip and cheek muscles can exert pressure on the teeth, and these bumpers help relieve that pressure.
• Palatal expander — a device used to widen the arch of the upper jaw. It is a plastic plate that fits over the roof of the mouth. Outward pressure applied to the plate by screws force the joints in the bones of the palate to open lengthwise, widening the palatal area.
• Removable retainers — worn on the roof of the mouth, these devices prevent shifting of the teeth to their previous position. They can also be modified and used to prevent thumb sucking.
• Headgear — with this device, a strap is placed around the back of the head and attached to a metal wire in front, or face bow. Headgear slows the growth of the upper jaw, and holds the back teeth where they are while the front teeth are pulled back.
Early orthodontic Treatment
In accordance with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Children can better achieve optimal orthodontic results with an early evaluation and diagnosis. Our orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, but there could be a problem only an orthodontist can detect.
An initial evaluation can give you invaluable information about your child’s orthodontic health. Early detection is the key to preventing more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later stage shorter or less complicated. The checkup may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, or uncover a potential problem that will need to be monitored until the time is right for treatment. In other cases, an orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
Benefits of early treatment include:
• The ability to influence jaw growth to increase facial symmetry
• Reducing the need to extract permanent teeth to achieve optimal orthodontic results
• Lowering the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
• Correction of harmful oral habits
• Improvement to the width of the smile
• The ability to guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position by creating room for erupting teeth
• Improvement in the way the lips meet
• Reducing the time needed for orthodontic treatment in the future
Why age 7 is the Optimal Orthodontic Screening Age
The first adult molars generally erupt by the age of 7 which establishes the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. The presence of erupting teeth can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or the appearance of excessive gums. Timely screening increases the chance for an incredible smile and can prevent future dental health concerns. Children Older Than 7
If your child is past the age of 7, it is important to have an orthodontic checkup as soon as possible. By treating the problems in children who are still growing, we achieve results that may not be possible when the face and jawbones have fully developed.
Why Malocclusions need Treatment
The misalignment of teeth or incorrect relationship between the upper and lower arches is clinically called malocclusion. In addition to teeth that are crooked or crowded, malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Therefore, orthodontics can create a prettier smile and, often times, a healthier you.
Potential problems from untreated malocclusions include:
• Difficulty in brushing or flossing hard to reach surface areas, which can lead to tooth decay and/or gum disease
• Difficulty in tearing and chewing food
• Protruding teeth are more susceptible to chipping
• Cross-bites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
• Open-bites can lead to tongue-thrusting and speech impediments
The Myobrace System is a no-braces approach to straightening your teeth and jaws.
Treatment uses myofunctional orthodontic techniques to address the poor oral habits (known as myofunctional habits) that are the real, underlying causes of crooked teeth and uses light, intermittent forces to align the teeth. Myofunctional orthodontic techniques have been practiced by Orthodontists and Dentists around the world for over 50 years.
This is done through the use of a series of removable dental appliances that are worn for just 1-2 hours each day and overnight while sleeping.
Daily use of the Myobrace combined with regular activities (to improve breathing, muscle function and tongue posture) results in straighter teeth and improved function, leading to optimal facial development and a healthier smile.
Braces and corrective orthodontics aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if the patient’s periodontal condition is within a healthy range. At Wisdent dental clinic, we offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups, including adults. The beautiful smile you’ve always wanted is within your reach!
There are many rewards to orthodontic treatment at a later stage in life. Improvements to your personal appearance and self-esteem, as well as increasing the health of your teeth and gums are all important benefits of adult orthodontic treatment. Crooked teeth may make a person self-conscious of their appearance and can also increase the chances of gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, as well as headaches and jaw joint pain (TMJ/TMD).
And, with new technology and techniques, adult orthodontic treatment has never been easier. Gone are the days of metal bands wrapped around each individual tooth! Your options may include metal braces, clear braces or Invisalign. These new techniques and appliances can greatly reduce discomfort, decrease the frequency of visits, and shorten treatment time. You will be amazed by the different options currently available in adult orthodontics. After your initial visit, the doctors at wisdent dental clinics can determine the best treatment plan for your lifestyle to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!
Damon bracket system :
Why Choose Damon orthodontic system?
The Damon System is not just about revolutionary braces and wires, it's a whole new way of treating patients. Traditional treatment often requires removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to make space. This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer, and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile. Damon smiles are full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all braces the same?
With the Damon System, we don't just align the teeth; we create beautiful smiles. Your Damon orthodontist takes into account a number of factors when first diagnosing your smile. Each individual's face, profile and other factors are import in anticipating what they will look like in their 40s, 50s and beyond. The Damon System is designed to deliver results for a lifetime.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time with the Damon System is typically much faster than with conventional braces. Also, far fewer appointments are required during treatment.
Since the Damon System works so quickly, does that mean it is harsh or unsafe?
No. In fact, what makes the Damon System work so quickly is that it uses far gentler, more biologically sensible forces than conventional braces. The low-friction nature of the system assures improved tooth position and improved facial harmony. Very light "shape memory" titanium wires are used that gently guide your teeth to their ideal position. Many people experience very little discomfort.
Will my teeth hurt after adjustments?
Very light ""shape memory" titanium wires are used that gently guide your teeth to their ideal position. Many people experience very little discomfort.
Aren't braces big and bulky?
Not any more! Braces are much smaller than they were just a few years ago, and new materials are now used that make them very discreet.
What about adult treatment?
No problem. Adults can be treated quickly, easily, and most importantly, to a high-quality result.
How much does the Damon System treatment cost?
We know that cost is a big question for anyone considering braces. The truth is, only your doctor can determine the cost for your specific treatment. It depends a lot on the kind of treatment you need, how long it will take, and even where you live. Damon Braces are usually similar to the cost of traditional braces. Most doctors offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans, many with no down payment and no interest.
Does insurance cover Damon System treatment?
Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, you should review your policy coverage. If you have orthodontic coverage, Damon System braces are covered to the same extent as regular braces.
What payment options are available?
Most doctors will help you find options to make your treatment affordable. Many offices offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans, many with no down payment and no interest.
Many doctors also offer third-party patient financing programs specifically designed for healthcare expenses, that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need.
What materials are used in Damon metal braces?
Damon System metal braces are available in two materials, stainless steel or polycarbonate for exceptional strength and durability.
What materials are used in Damon Clear?
Damon Clear braces are composed of ceramic for durability and enhanced aesthetics.
What materials are used in archwires for the Damon System?
Damon System offers several types of archwires that come in varying materials and sizes as well as a nickel free solution. Talk to your Orthodontist to determine which solution is best for your treatment.
The latest in invisible braces are Invisalign® and EBA® aligners .Aligners uses clear, plastic aligners created from sophisticated 3-D computer imaging technology. They are comfortable, removable and best of all, invisible! Aligners is a popular choice for individuals who are ultimately concerned about the appearance of braces during normal day to day activities.
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