Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the alignment of the teeth and jaw. Orthodontic treatment may include fixed or removable appliances.
Orthodontic treatment time varies significantly depending on the patient’s age, the extent of treatment, and the type of orthodontic appliances used. The length of this treatment depends on each patient’s individual treatment. Some patients require several phases of treatment, while others may only need minor orthodontic adjustments.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments
Traditional braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. These braces consist of two components:
- Brackets (which are bonded to the front of your teeth)
- Arch wires (which are threaded through the brackets and attached to your teeth)
Brackets and wires apply gentle pressure on the teeth, moving them gradually. As your teeth move, your braces will need to be adjusted regularly.
Clear Aligners Braces
With clear aligners, you wear a clear plastic aligner over your teeth. The aligner shifts your teeth into place gradually, and treatment time is typically six months to 2 years, depending on the severity of your case.
Clear aligners are intended for minor to moderate orthodontic issues. They are generally limited to crowding, spacing, and minor bite problems. These appliances are worn for a specified amount of time each day or week.
A nightguard is a dental appliance that you wear at night. It’s designed to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching, which can break down your teeth and cause damage to your enamel. Your nightguard is made from soft plastic material that fits over your teeth.
Custom-fitted nightguards are made from impressions of your teeth. Your dentist will give you a mold and instructions for taking the impression. You will fill the mold with dental putty; then, the dentist will send it to the lab, where they will create a custom-fitted nightguard. Once it is ready, you can use it at night to prevent grinding and clenching.
Mouthguards are dental appliances worn over the teeth to protect them during contact sports or similar activities. A mouthguard can also protect the mouth from injury caused by grinding the teeth or biting on hard objects.
The American Dental Association recommends the use of a mouthguard for adults and children when participating in contact sports or other activities that could potentially damage the mouth or teeth. A mouthguard is custom-fitted and is much more comfortable than over-the-counter options.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatments
- They can improve your oral health.
- They can correct your bite problems, making it easier for you to chew and speak.
- They can greatly improve the aesthetics of your smile.
- They don’t just improve your smile; it also boosts your confidence.
- They can help to correct TMJ problems.
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