An orthodontic device allows you to modify the alignment of the natural teeth and / or straighten them to ensure good occlusion and improve the appearance of your smile.
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Orthodontics and prevention
Orthodontic interventions may be a sound option for treating dental complications caused by misaligned teeth. An orthodontic treatment is not only a solution; it may also constitute a preventive measure.
Teeth in malposition can cause many oral health problems, including:
- abnormal wear of the teeth and disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ);
- dental cavities and aggravation of gum disease;
- aesthetic problems.
It is important to know that misalignment or malposition of the teeth can also lead to malposition of the jaws. This may result in:
- ineffective masticatory
- excessive pressure on the teeth;
- dysfunction of the jaw joints.
Similarly, headaches, face and neck problems may be symptoms of orthodontic problems that are, sometimes, genetic in origin.
Other oral disorders include:
- insufficient space between teeth;
- a protruding upper lip;
- supernumerary or missing teeth;
- deficient jaw growth.
These problems can be caused by:
- suction of the thumb;
- breathing through the mouth;
- dental diseases;
- abnormal swallowing;
- poor dental hygiene;
- poor nutrition;
- premature or delayed loss of milk teeth.
Orthodontic treatment may be a solution to your various oral problems … straighten your teeth and take back your smile!
How an orthodontic treatment works
There are many solutions to realign your teeth. An orthodontic treatment exerts a slight but constant pressure on the teeth, in a carefully controlled direction. Gradually, the orthodontic appliance will move the teeth to the correct position. Nowadays, devices are translucent (Invisalign) or metallic and can be made with various materials, such as metal, ceramic or plastic.
The duration of the treatment varies from one patient to another: it is usually between 12 and 30 months. Factors influencing it include the type of problem to be treated and the rate of growth of the patient's jaws. Since the growth is variable from one patient to another, the response to orthodontic treatment will also vary. Finally, the duration of the treatment also depends on the diligent use of prescribed elastics or trays... The patient and his dentist must work together to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.
Dental hygiene and orthodontics
It is paramount to maintain rigorous oral hygiene throughout the duration of orthodontic treatment. If plaque and bacteria are not removed regularly, cavities, spots and gum infections can quickly develop. Various dental hygiene products are offered for easier access to areas under the wires and around hooks and elastics of the orthodontic appliance.