Orthodontics have been growing in popularity since they debuted on the dental scene, mostly because the treatment process is highly reliable and gives wonderful results. Orthodontists are consulted for a number of reasons, including but not limited to correcting over- and under-bites, moving teeth into the proper chewing position, and simply renewing confidence in oneself.
The benefits of correcting these faults go far beyond simply helping people chew properly, although that should be the primary concern – they can also help with speaking, and with daily comfort through no longer having a misaligned jaw. There are a number of steps in the process of orthodontics, so it is process which should not be undertaken lightly.
The planning stage is when people get their main advice for a perfect smile: this is when people, knowing what the problem is, make up their minds as to what they are going to do about it.
Before anything can be done, medical and dental evaluations need to take place. This will ascertain the extent of the problem, and show people how and why they need to proceed. Any issues which could undermine the treatment will be flagged at this time.
At this point, most people will have a mould done, to give dentists and orthodontist’s a way of seeing what their mouth looked like before treatment began. This will give people a good view of exactly where the teeth are in the mouth, and how they will need to be affected.
X-rays are also used alongside moulds, to give people a good view of their patient’s bone structure. This allows them to see where everything is, and use that information to create better treatment.
Yes, computer generated imagery now plays a part in orthodontics. Having CGI means that the medical professionals have something which they can use to simulate treatments – so they can have a better idea of what will work and what will not.
Many dental professionals take pictures at several points during the process – this helps them to keep an eye on what is happening during the process, and gives them something to compare to.
Once planning has been completed, then it is time to actively begin the orthodontic treatment. The treatment will commence with the orthodontist working to very gently begin to realign the teeth along their proper path, with frequent checks that this is not causing a knock-on effect that will be detrimental to overall oral health.
Once treatment has been done, the work turns to retention, as it is normal for teeth to move back into their original positioning over time, even if only slightly. Retention can take as many different forms as the original treatments, with patients having anything from a night time retainer to permanent holds put in place to keep their treatment from reversing itself. The retention plan is one which will be discussed by everybody involved, as it has the potential to affect long-term oral health.
Written by Family Braces