What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry and is a dental specialty that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of malocclusions of teeth and jaws.
Orthodontic treatments include: braces, headgear, expansion plates, retainers and removable appliances.
For many people who need orthodontic treatment the most important aspect is not how their teeth look but what they can do with their mouth. For example braces will widen your smile which will hopefully enable you to chew better and speak more clearly.
Orthodontists are doctors who are specially trained to diagnose and treat problems with your teeth, mouth, and jaw. These problems can be anything from crooked teeth to crowded teeth to teeth that are too far apart.
A child’s first visit to the orthodontist is often around the ages of seven or eight, but many have been starting to see patients as early as four years old.
Orthodontists are seeing more younger patients as the field is changing and becoming more progressive. Early detection of orthodontic problems can help to reduce the severity of problems that may arise.
Why Do People Get Orthodontic Treatment?
Many of us have been fortunate enough to have a set of straight teeth our entire lives. But, not everyone is so lucky. In fact, some people need orthodontic treatment to align their teeth and jaws properly. This can help with everyday swallowing, chewing and speaking functions as well as your self-confidence.
Signs That You Might Need Orthodontic Treatment
You may need orthodontic treatment if you are experiencing any of the following:
– Crowded teeth
– Misaligned teeth
– Gaps between teeth
– Overbite or underbite
Choosing the Right Treatment for You
The word ‘treatment’ is commonly used in the medical field, but it also has an impact on how we think about health in general. As a result of this influence, more people are starting to view health as more of a preventative measure rather than something that is only necessary if you are already sick.
Treatment can be broadly defined as a process for solving a problem or making something better. Hence, the word ‘treatment’ is not exclusive to the medical industry. We use it when talking about any type of treatment for our mental or physical health, relationships, careers, and other aspects of life.
Doctors are trained to diagnose and treat patients who are experiencing illness or injury. They can be thought of as skilled professionals who specialize in treating people with illnesses or injuries that they have personally studied extensively under supervision from their physician-mentors. They are accountable for their patients’ welfare while they are under their care and can be held legally liable
The Importance of Gum Health for Teeth & Oral Health
Eating habits are an important part of gum disease prevention. Chewing sugarless gum after meals is one way to reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease. Chewing on sugarless gum for 15 minutes after each meal can help dislodge food particles and plaque from the chewing area, so it will not get stuck in between teeth and create more damage.
Gum health is essential for oral health because it contains membranes that prevent dental diseases. Gum health also produces saliva that helps clean teeth by removing food and bacteria before they can get stuck.