What is Orthodontics?
It is the treatment of crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, and the misalignment between jaws and teeth.
Disorders in teeth cause problems of aesthetics, functionality and phonation. It negatively affects the social life, creates speaking disorders, makes it difficult to chew while eating, and can go up to causing joint problems in the future.
Crowded teeth also make it difficult to maintain oral hygiene. An unhealthy mouth is the main cause of tooth decay, toothache and gum diseases.
Crowded teeth don’t allow an equal load distribution to each tooth during chewing, which makes dental problems inevitable and cause joint pains.
The teeth are lined up in a single row as a result of orthodontic treatment.
Dental treatment is performed with braces, transparent plaques, and various intra-oral appliances.
When Is Orthodontic Treatment Performed?
The crowding degree of teeth is very important for the early period in braces treatment. As the milk teeth begin to fall out and permanent teeth come out, the teeth determine their place in the jaw. Early loss of milk teeth may cause permanent teeth not to be in the place they should be or not to grow at all.
The process begins with losing milk teeth around the age of 6-7. Treatment of dental disorders that are diagnosed early until all permanent teeth come out at the age of 12-13 may be simpler than the braces to be applied in the future.
Again, early intervention in childhood will prevent habits such as thumb sucking, lip biting, tongue thrust to cause any dental disorder.
Detecting dental disorders of children and treating them in their adolescence makes it easier to apply complex treatments after their adolescence.
The treatment plan of children at the age of 7-8 will be shaped by the examination of a specialist orthodontist.
Can Orthodontic Treatment Be Applied by Everyone?
Orthodontic treatment is a specialty of dentistry that should be done by orthodontists. Orthodontists receive at least 4 years of orthodontics career education in orthodontics doctorate or specialty programs of universities, following 5 years of dentistry education, and prepare a specialty thesis. You should definitely have your orthodontic treatment done by an orthodontist.
Can Orthodontic Treatment Be Applied at All Ages?
Correcting the crowded teeth and closing the gaps between the teeth can be applied at any age. However, orthopedic treatment should be applied in cases of disorders related to the jaw bones (such as forward or backward positioning of upper or lower jaw). To determine the starting age of orthopedic treatment, you should definitely be examined by your orthodontist.
Is Orthodontic Treatment Possible with Transparent Plaques?
Your teeth are corrected step by step in the computer environment and then transparent plates are applied on them. These plates should be worn continuously during the day except while eating. Whether you have a suitable tooth structure for transparent plaque treatment is decided after a detailed examination by your orthodontist.
How Is Brace Treatment Performed with Invisible Braces?
On the measurements taken, personalized brackets and braces that are attached to the inner surface of the teeth are produced in the laboratory environment. In this way, nobody will notice that you have braces in your mouth during the treatment.
How Long Will My Orthodontic Treatment Take?
Although it depends on the person and the treatment procedure to be applied, the average duration of brace treatment varies between 6 months and 2 years. The prolongation or shortening of this process may vary from person to person.
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Process Progress?
Post-bracketing treatment intervals vary between 4-6 weeks.