The most common uses of orthodontics (usually with braces) are to improve the appearance and alignment of teeth that are protruding or crooked as well as to address problems with the bite.

What is Orthodontic Treatment?

The name for the dental specialty known as orthodontics is Greek. Orthodontics, a combination of the terms orthos and dontics, refers to the process of addressing malocclusions or improperly positioned teeth. The COH Clinic’s orthodontists can assist with the management of atypical postures of the teeth, jaws, and face. For more information, contact us at +90 (536) 934 6524 phone number.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Orthodontics

For all the procedures it offers, orthodontics unquestionably has many advantages, improving the general health of the mouth and the teeth, but there may also be some disadvantages. If we are starting with the benefits;

advantages and disadvantages of orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic Pros

  • Enhance the functionality of the tissues around the teeth.
  • It corrects the pronounced bumps on both chins and improves the overall shape of the face.
  • Especially when the teeth are clustered and developed on top of each other, it helps to get rid of bad breath caused by food particles that accumulate between the teeth decently.
  • Increase the gums’ and teeth’s resistance to infection and stop illnesses from developing as a result of food buildup between the teeth.
  • Treats the teeth that are buried beneath the gums and promotes the growth and look of those teeth.

Orthodontic Cons 

  • A lack of tooth roots.
  • A straightforward feeling of discomfort in the specific temporal joint and both jaws.
  • An excess of saliva secretions accompanied by a pressing sensation on the teeth.
  • Mineral loss in the outer enamel layer, which causes the teeth’s surface to look white.
  • Numerous wounds can penetrate oral tissues.
  • If dental care and cleaning are neglected following orthodontic treatment, gum swelling, and minor bleeding may result.
  • Loss of tooth shine, in which the tooth loses its white appearance and changes to a pale, occasionally somewhat black tone.
  • Having foul breath, which can be resolved by routinely brushing your teeth and using a fluoride mouthwash, especially after meals.

Purpose of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics can treat a variety of dental malpositions, including the following:

  • Teeth that are overly crowded or poorly aligned for the mouth are referred to as overcrowding. This results in an ugly look and a bad bite. The upper canines are the teeth that crowd the most.
  • When the lower ends of the upper front teeth do not meet the upper ends of the lower front teeth, this is known as an open bite. Insufficient chewing results from this.
  • The term “deep overbite” refers to an improper alignment of the top and bottom front teeth, which causes the bottom teeth to often contact the palate and gums. This might result in tooth loss, gum disease, wear on the teeth, and gum injury.
  • Crossbite: This happens when the ends of the teeth do not touch. It results in unsightly teeth, inadequate chewing, and quickly erodible teeth.
  • Thumb- or finger-sucking can cause increased overjet, a condition in which the top teeth protrude. This may also be caused by uneven jaw bone growth. 
  • When the lower jaw protrudes further than the upper, this condition is known as reverse overjet. It can wear down teeth in addition to being unsightly. 
  • Underdeveloped, undersized, or missing teeth can result in irregular tooth spacing.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

  • The treatment time is shortened the more movable orthodontics are used; they are a type of therapeutic orthodontics that may be worn and taken off at any time. They are made up of a metal collar and a colored or transparent construction.
  • Preventive Orthodontics: This kind is exclusively used for youngsters aged seven to eighteen to ensure that their teeth develop into the proper form from a young age.
  • During treatment, which could last for more than a year, a fixed appliance that is permanently affixed to the teeth’s surface is left in place. There are two types; the transparent Invisible Orthodontics attaches to the back of the teeth. The frontal aspect of the tooth is fastened with a different type of mineral.
  • Orthodontics for aesthetic purposes only: There isn’t a therapeutic requirement for this kind of orthodontic treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is orthodontics good or bad?
Is orthodontics good or bad?

Recent studies have shown that virtually all patients will have root injuries as a result of orthodontic tooth movement caused by the continual pressure of braces. This indicates that the orthodontic treatment dissolves away a portion of the roots, and as a result, some teeth may eventually fall out.

Can orthodontics damage teeth?
Can orthodontics damage teeth?

Your teeth won't be harmed by the braces themselves. On the other hand, neglecting your dental care while wearing braces may erode the enamel on your teeth. You must still wash your teeth at least twice a day when wearing braces. Ideally, you should wash your teeth just after each meal.

Do teeth become weak after braces?
Do teeth become weak after braces?

Although wearing braces won't weaken or cause your teeth to fall out, you might experience some pain and discomfort after a few days, and your teeth may feel a little loose for the first two or three days after the braces are tightened.

What is the most common orthodontic treatment?
What is the most common orthodontic treatment?

Metal braces are still the most often used orthodontic therapy. Brackets are joined by a wire during this procedure and affixed to the teeth. As a result of pressure applied by braces, teeth in a patient's mouth migrate into the right position.

Is orthodontic treatment worth it?
Is orthodontic treatment worth it?

Braces are a good investment due to the many health benefits they offer. It may be challenging to keep your teeth healthy if they are not as straight or spaced equally. With the use of braces, you may straighten your teeth and bite.

Why is orthodontic treatment important?
Why is orthodontic treatment important?

Many individuals have overcrowding or crooked teeth. The teeth will be realigned or repositioned using orthodontic therapy. This can make them more aesthetically pleasing, enhance the way the teeth bite together, and make them cleaner.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?
Is orthodontic treatment painful?

The truth is that applying braces to the teeth does not hurt at all, so there is no need to worry about the placement appointment. Following the engagement of the orthodontic wire into the newly positioned brackets, there may be some minor soreness or discomfort for a few days to a week.

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