Orthodontics

What are the Orthodontics?

When it comes to orthodontics, children in adolescence should not come to mind first. However, most orthodontic treatments begin before the age of 15. After 7, children’s milk teeth begin to fall out and leave their place to permanent teeth. Therefore, each child must be examined by an orthodontist before the age of 7. The reason for this is that orthodontists will be able to recognize some of the problems that may have remained hidden with the development of the jaw and with the permanent teeth that started or came out. It is very important to detect orthodontic problems in early diagnosis, as it will be easier to solve them.

Children’s teeth may look straight at first, but this image can be deceiving and cause problems later on. To avoid such problems, you should go to an orthodontist. Even if your orthodontist sees a problem, they may not recommend an emergency treatment to you. In these cases, doctors usually want to see the future of teeth as the jaw facial development continues while permanent teeth are on. Each person has an ideal treatment start time which is suitable for the dental structure.

In some cases, your orthodontist may notice a problem that will reach the solution faster with early treatment. With early treatment, some important problems can be eliminated before emergency and treatment from old patients can be made shorter and easier. Fixed and removable appliances used in early treatment function to guide the development of the bone and create a better environment for them as permanent teeth emerge.

Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the latest technologies in orthodontic treatment. It is a treatment method that does not use braces used to straighten teeth with transparent plates. The most important reason for invisalign, which offers the opportunity of treatment without braces, is that it is not clear that you have orthodontic treatment while correcting your teeth. It is an orthodontic treatment that can be applied to both adults and young people. Whether you are eligible for Invisalign treatment becomes clear only after your doctor’s examination. If the teeth are too crooked, it cannot  be treated with invisalign.

How important is it to get orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment does not only have aesthetic concerns but also aims to prevent gum diseases that may be encountered in the future, to eliminate problems in the jaw joint, to provide chewing functionality and to help individuals with speech disorders. Depending on the existing orthodontic problem in the mouth, treatment methods can be determined with removable appliances, functional appliances and fixed appliances. Simple orthodontic problems that are not at an advanced stage can be solved with rubber movable appliances that the patient can use by inserting and removing. It is of great importance that with the end of the priority orthodontic treatments, the treatments are reversed and the reinforcement treatments are not neglected to prevent deterioration. Also, the orthodontics branch works in continuous cooperation with the dentistry branches.

What should the patients undergoing orthodontic treatment be careful about?

Orthodontics deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the face and jaw. A patient receiving orthodontic treatment must be disciplined and patient throughout the treatment period. Problems in treatment may cause undesirable results. More attention should be given to oral care during orthodontic treatment.

Teeth should be brushed after each meal.  If the patients do not brush their teeth, food that accumulates between the teeth creates bacteria.

Patients should pay attention to the following during orthodontic treatment:

1-The choice of food and drink:

Throughout the treatment, all acidic beverages that damage the tooth enamel and melt the substance used for gluing the brackets and cause ruptures should not be consumed. Sticky foods such as gum or sugar should also be avoided as they will damage the braces. It will also be useful to avoid hard foods.  Foods such as hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds should also be avoided during treatment. If your brackets are broken or damaged during treatment, this will lead to longer treatment time.

2-Take care to brush your teeth:

Teeth should be brushed after each meal.  If the patients do not brush their teeth, food that accumulates between the teeth creates bacteria. Inflammations and bleeding that occur in the gums as a result of not providing the necessary oral care causes acid secretion. Therefore, teeth brushed twice a day under normal conditions should be carried out after each meal during the orthodontic treatment process.

3-Choose the right brush for your braces:

Be sure to buy the toothbrush recommended by your doctor.  If a toothbrush is not recommended, a medium-hard toothbrush should be preferred.

4-Do not neglect the use of your orthodontic devices:

Besides your braces, you should use this with care if your doctor wants to use any additional apart.  Apparatuses that are not used in the time and manner recommended by your doctor also lead to prolonging your treatment process.

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