Orthodontics is a branch of specialty dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Not only are crooked teeth aesthetically displeasing, they can cause other oral health issues that are cause for concern. If teeth do not fit together properly they not only increase the patient’s chances of plaque build up, but also become harder to brush and floss. This causes a great risk for tooth decay and bone loss. Along with oral health benefits, Orthodontics may fall under cosmetic dentistry if the patient is looking to improve his or her smile by straightening teeth or correcting alignment.
Orthodontics was called orthodontia in the past . The word originally came from the Greek word, “orthos,” which translates to, “straight, perfect or proper”, combined with the Greek word, “dontos,” translating to “teeth”.
Here is a list of common issues that are fixed with Orthodontics:
» Gaps between teeth
» Alignment of teeth
» Straightening crooked teeth
» Speech or eating issues
» An improper bite
Orthodontics can also improve the health of your gums and teeth while preventing long term damage.
Generally when a child is between the ages of 12 and 13 years old, they can be considered for orthodontic treatment. The reason being that is is necessary to make sure all adult teeth have fully developed. Good oral hygiene plays a huge role in deciding when treatment can start, because it is essential before any orthodontic work can begin. When Orthodontic devices are implemented in the mouth, food can easily get stuck. A patient with devices needs to spend time brushing and flossing to prevent plaque build up and tooth decay.
Head gear, plates, braces, etc. are all orthodontic devices that come with responsibility, but if the patient follows instructions given to them by an Orthodontist their smile will improve without any issues. Contact our office for more information in Santa Ana, California.