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Dental Braces
Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

Orthodontics "dental braces" is the treatment of irregular teeth and improvement of facial appearance. While most orthodontics treatments are associated with children, age is not a limited factor.


What is orthodontics?

 Orthodontics is the treatment of irregular teeth and improvement of facial appearance.


Is there a maximum age for orthodontics?

In general tooth positioning can be improved at practically any age. While most orthodontics treatments are associated with children, age is not a limited factor since the tissues involved in the movement of teeth are the same in both children and adults.

At what age should orthodontic treatment start?

It could start as early as 8 years old and in some cases of severe malocclusion.

What happens at my first orthodontic appointment?

 Your teeth, jaw and profile will be evaluated. Special x-rays (panoramic & cephalometric) showing your head, face and jaw are taken to help the doctor take specific measurement and effectively plan your treatment.

Impressions are also taken to record the way your teeth and jaw fit together. Regular photographs of your face, teeth, and profile might be taken to compare the differences prior to, during, and/or after treatment.

Types of malocclusions.

There is three types of malocclusions: Class I, Class II and Class III. Other common problems include an open bite, closed bite and cross bite.

How are teeth moved?

Using one or more appliances, braces work by gently applying pressure to your teeth. This causes bone to be absorbed on one side, and new bone then grow in slowly on the other side of your teeth, holding teeth in position.

Tips:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene through your treatment.
  • Don't eat ice, sticky, or hard foods.
  • Don't drink soda or carbonated liquids.
  • Visit your dentist for your regular 6 months check-up.
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