Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating malformations of the face and mouth. More often than not when someone thinks about orthodontics they think about braces, but it’s about so much more than just getting a great smile.
What are the benefits of orthodontics?
The most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment is that of an improved smile and self-esteem, but the real benefits are so much more important. Orthodontic treatment can help improve the function of your teeth, better oral hygiene, improved health in the long-term, reduced risk of injury, and reduced self-consciousness.
Are there signs that treatment is necessary?
There are several signs that indicate whether phase one or phase two orthodontic treatment is necessary. This includes “bucked teeth”, an overbite or underbite, crowded or crooked teeth, poor alignment, difficulty chewing, teeth that wear oddly, excessive spacing between teeth, and thumb sucking that continued through an older age (six or seven).
What is the best age to start orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can really start at any age, however, if early treatment (phase one) is needed that must start between the ages of six and ten. Early treatment can prevent the need for jaw surgery and complications.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on each individual’s case, however, most treatment plans range between a year and two years in length. Treatments typically run to according to schedule as long as a patient is compliant, comes to appointments, and keeps a good oral hygiene routine.
Can adults get orthodontic treatment?
Yes. In fact, about 25% of orthodontic patients are adults and treatment is effective at any age, although it is most commonly performed on children and teens.
Do braces hurt?
Placement of braces doesn’t hurt, however, when they’re connected with archwires your teeth might feel achy for a couple of days. Additionally, surrounding tissues like your cheeks and lips could need some time to get used to the feeling of braces.