Orthodontic Intervention

Orthodontics, a specialized branch of dentistry focused on the diagnosis, maintenance, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities, has evolved significantly over time. Its primary aim is to bring alignment and balance to the skeletomuscular system of the face and jaw. While orthodontic treatment is most commonly known for straightening crooked teeth, it also corrects other issues such as overbites, underbites, open bites, gaps between teeth, and malformed jaws or bites.

Orthodontic Intervention

Early Intervention in Orthodontics

In terms of age-appropriate intervention in orthodontics for children who show signs of potential concerns should visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 for an exam along with facial and bite analysis. At this stage in their growth cycle six-year molars along with anterior teeth have emerged allowing early detection possible developing issues leading towards more conservative phased treatments.

Maintenance during Treatment

Maintaining oral hygiene while undergoing braces treatment remains critical in protecting overall health encompassing both teeth as well as gums. This includes brushing after every meal using fluoride toothpaste alongside flossing regularly avoiding sticky hard or starchy foods that may compromise cleanliness around braces.

Variety in Treatment Options

Modern-day orthodontic practices offer a plethora range of treatment options tailored according to the patient’s needs and goals, including clear ceramic self-ligating invisible traditional metal braces alike, each serving the purpose of realigning straightening the patient’s teeth and improving overall appearance, functionality, and bite structure. While initial discomfort when beginning treatment is not uncommon due to adjustments required within the mouth, patients generally get used to feel after a few days of experiencing temporary gum cheek soft tissue irritation process acclimating wearing these appliances.

Treatment Duration & Follow-ups

The duration required for effective results from brace treatment varies depending on personal orthodontic needs. Typically, treatment with braces may last anywhere between six to thirty months, with the average falling around twenty-two months. We recommend regular dental visits every 6 months during this period. This is because braces can trap food, leading to tooth decay and an increased risk of gum disease.

Orthodontics for Active Children

Active children who participate in sports should wear a mouthguard while undergoing braces treatment. This precautionary measure helps protect the child’s teeth, gums, and braces from potential injuries during play. With braces, kids are more likely to experience more damage during facial accidents. The metal brackets can damage the soft tissue inside the mouth. Furthermore, wires can break and stab inside the soft tissue. With a mouthguard, a soft plastic covers the braces, protecting the teeth and tissues. 

Despite the initial discomfort associated with wearing them, orthodontic treatments offer significant benefits in terms of realigning bite structure. They can also straighten crooked teeth and improve overall oral health aesthetics for patients’ smiles. As a result, we can contribute positively to their quality of life and social interactions alike.