Orthodontic interventions are mechanical therapeutic techniques to achieve appropriate alignment of the teeth for esthetic reasons and/or proper bite for functional reasons.
People with malocclusion usually have crooked or crowded teeth, and may also have disproportionate jaw relationships. Malocclusion can be inherited or acquired. Teeth can be straightened or moved with the aid of different appliances, commonly known as braces, to improve appearance and function by spreading the biting pressure over all the teeth.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatments
Orthodontic treatment can be useful for the long-term health of teeth. Crowded or crooked teeth are harder to keep clean than straight teeth and are more likely to be affected by tooth decay and gum disease. Malocclusion can lead to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on the jaw joint, resulting in chronic headaches and facial or neck pain.
Orthodontic appliances can be removable or fixed, which are custom-made. They can be made of metal, ceramic or plastic, and work by applying gentle pressure to move the teeth. Having an appliance fitted will feel strange at first but does not hurt. Teeth may feel sore for a few days once the braces are on. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also be irritated until they become accustomed to the surface of the braces. While wearing an appliance, a patient must take extra care to ensure oral hygiene.
The special braces will help you obtain a life time lasting beautiful smile that will make you feel more confident, improve your image and self-esteem.