An Overview of Orthodontics

“Ortho” comes from the Greek word for “straight” or “upright.” Orthodontics, as you might have guessed, help straighten your teeth. But it can do so much more than that!

A beautiful smile with straight teeth and a good bite is both useful and attractive. Thanks to science progress, you can have all of these things. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that looks at how your mouth’s bones and teeth are set up and fit together.

Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre is a skilled place to get orthodontic care. Read on to get a general idea of what orthodontics is and what it can do for you.

How Does Orthodontics Work?

Orthodontics slowly changes where your teeth are in your mouth over time. Appliances (pieces that stay in your mouth or come out) put a tiny bit of pressure on your mouth and teeth to help them get into the right shape and position.

Your mouth is an amazing machine with many parts that work together (or should work together) to make it easy for you to eat, talk, and smile. Dentists and orthodontists are trained to change your mouth in a planned way over time. They know how to move your teeth just enough, but not too much, to make your mouth look and work better.

Getting braces can take anywhere from six months to two years or more, depending on what you need and how you get it done. Slowly, the steady pressure from your appliances moves your teeth around in your jaw. Pressure and movement can make the mouth sore or give it a “tight” feeling, but it’s usually not too painful.

Orthodontic tools are things like braces and retainers. But many people are eager to try less obvious treatments like Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles® clear braces.

Who Needs Orthodontics?

If the way your teeth fit together is hurting your health, self-esteem, or happiness, you might want to look into braces. Cosmetic dentistry, like braces, makes you look better, which boosts your confidence and helps your mouth do its important jobs better.

  • Bite or Occlusion: A perfect “bite” is when your top teeth rest easily and just a little bit in front of your bottom teeth. Not many people are born with a perfect bite. When your top teeth don’t fit together right, this is called a bad bite or malocclusion. Most of the time, a bad bite is just for looks, but it can cause jaw pain and make it hard to clean your teeth, which makes them more likely to get cavities. Malocclusion includes overbite, underbite, buck teeth, and crossbite.
  • Spacing: Your teeth, gums, and jawbone will all be hurt by large or uneven spaces between your teeth. Orthodontics can close the gaps between your teeth to make your smile healthier and more even.
  • Overcrowding: If your mouth seems too small to hold all of your teeth easily, this can cause your teeth to be crooked, overlap, or stick out. Orthodontics can put them in the right place.
  • Children and Teens: The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children get an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Children change a lot in their mouths as they grow (and they grow so fast!). Pacifiers, eating your thumb, and having a lot of teeth in a small mouth can all cause trouble. And it’s easier to help kids before they get older and their troubles stay with them.
  • Adults: Even though it’s easier to treat children and stop problems before they start, orthodontic treatments can still help adults a lot. There are many standard and nontraditional orthodontic treatments adults can use to straighten their teeth and get a healthier smile.

How to Choose an Orthodontist

You can get orthodontic care from either an orthodontist or a regular doctor. Both are trained professionals, but an orthodontist has more training in how to fix teeth.

The cost of braces can be high. Most of the time, insurance companies pay for some of the treatment and devices, but not all of them. Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre is happy to offer different ways to pay so that anyone who wants treatment can get the smile of their dreams.

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