All That You Wanted To Know About Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a specialist dentistry field devoted to making one’s teeth and jaws function together so that he / she can talk, bite, and chew in a relaxed and efficient manner. Thus, the orthodontist corrects the jaw bones to align the teeth correctly, thus correcting facial abnormalities when the teeth and jaw line are unusually shaped. Popular issues calling for the attention of the orthodontist include bent, crowded and protruding teeth, not much room between them, cleft palate and other irregularities in the face and jaw bone. They function individually or with your dentist to provide intensive therapy. I strongly suggest you to visit Dr. Andrea Mattia DDS, LLC – Old Tappan Dental Care to learn more about this.

As said earlier, Orthodontics is a specialised discipline which includes additional 2-3 years of post-doctoral residency training depending on university. Orthodontic care can be complicated, and a specialist qualified in a variety of treatments and dentofacial techniques is needed to do justice to this work.

The American Association of Orthodontics indicates that the best age for orthodontic screening is 7, though orthodontic treatment should be offered at any age. This is the age when occlusion or bite is established, and an irregular change in the jaw can be easily determine. Therefore common issues such as crowding, open bites, and facial asymmetries can be identified and corrected. Crooked or crowded teeth are also the single most important factor to dental problems, as the cleaning of the teeth becomes difficult, allowing bacteria to accumulate. These individuals are also susceptible to dental decay and gum disease.

Although the ideal age to start treatment is 7, the jaw line can be fixed (but difficult) at a later stage. The human bone is said to respond to the movement until the age of 18 and therefore dentists recommend treatment during this period. The time taken for a procedure would be more contingent upon the seriousness of the patient’s problem and cooperation. Ensuring that you stick to your appointments promptly and without delay is of utmost importance.

Religiously follow the oral treatment plan recommended by the hygienist or orthodontist. It is also critical that you keep to your hygiene cleaning appointment. Braces, plates, and wires trap food inside them, so it’s really important to periodically get your brush and floss. Hard and sticky food such as pizza and licorice will cause breakage of the wire and band, so make sure you avoid it. Also avoid high in sugar content foods such as ice creams, cookies and juices. Antibacterial peroxyl-containing mouthwash should be used to reduce inflammation of the gums and cheeks.

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