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An Introduction To The Straightening Of Teeth
Orthodontics literally means “straight teeth”. It is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and the jaws.
Appearance: People are very aware of how their teeth look to others. An attractive smile can play an important role in enhancing self-confidence both personally and professionally.
Cleaning of teeth: Teeth that are crowded and overlapping can be difficult to clean. Inadequate cleaning is a major factor in tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Teeth with good alignment are much easier to floss and brush.
Chewing: Your ability to chew food is best when your bite is correct. Proper and thorough chewing of food aids digestion.
Speech problems: Some people have difficulty speaking properly because of alignment problems with their teeth and jaws.
Gum damage: In severe malocclusions (poor teeth alignment or ‘bad bite’), the teeth may damage the gum. For example, in cases of deep bite, the lower front teeth can bite into the gum behind the upper front teeth.
Tooth wear: Crooked teeth often show abnormal patterns of wear.
Occlusion: Occlusion is the contact of the upper and lower teeth during chewing or when the jaws are closed, and is commonly called “bite”. Proper occlusion is important for good oral health and for an attractive appearance of the mouth and teeth. A person who has an alignment problem with their teeth or jaw has a “malocclusion”, which literally means “bad bite”. The aim of orthodontic treatment is to correct the malocclusion.
A common dental problem: Crooked teeth are a common dental problem. Some experts have estimated that up to seven people out of 10 would benefit from orthodontic treatment at some point in their lives.
Appliances: Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of corrective appliances including braces, plates and headgear. These appliances move teeth by exerting a constant light force to them. When the appliances are tightened, the teeth receive more force. In response to force, a tooth will move gradually through the jaw bone.
The process will cause some tenderness and sometimes pain, but most people report that the discomfort is minor. Due to developments in technology, the appliances used today are more comfortable and effective than ever before, and not as visible.
Our dentist will help you choose which appliances best suits your particular malocclusion.
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