CONVENTIONAL ORTHODONTICS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Orthodontic treatment significantly corrects the teeth and jaw irregularities and misalignment. Crooked teeth or teeth that do not fit together correctly affect one’s appearance and are harder to keep clean. Such teeth are comparatively at high risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and gum disease.
Such teeth also cause extra stress on the chewing muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a more pleasing appearance, a healthier mouth and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
At Ingersoll dental care, we use various diagnostic tools, including a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and radiographs, to decide what orthodontic treatment plan is best for you.
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BEST AGE TO GET AN ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from oral treatments at nearly any age. However, an ideal age for placement of braces is between 11 to 14 years while the structures like jaws, head and mouth are still growing.
However, braces are not just for kids; people of any age can get braces and repair their oral irregularities. Like braces, other orthodontic treatments are also not age-specific. Orthodontic treatments benefit people belonging to any age by correcting their dental imperfections and improving their smiles.
There are numerous oral irregularities that are treated through orthodontic treatments, including:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gapped teeth with empty spaces
- Open Bite
- Jaw misalignments
- Temporomandibular disorders
All of the above-mentioned oral problems need immediate and appropriate orthodontic treatments in the initial stages before they exert severe effects on our oral health and become complex to treat.
If you have a dental problem, get professional help as soon as possible because, if oral problems remain untreated for extended periods, they lead to various overall health issues as well.
In Toronto, Ingersoll dental care can prove to be the ultimate solution for any of your dental irregularities. We have a well-trained and skilful team of dentists. They have years of experience in correcting your dental imperfections and effectively provide you with an aligned, straight, and beautiful smile.
TYPES OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENTS
There are multiple types of orthodontic treatments that you can have at our clinic. Before providing you with the appropriate treatments, the dentist will assess the type or extent of your oral problem through a series of X-rays, radiographs or by other diagnostic devices.
The dentists also evaluate your existing medical conditions and dental genetic history so that they can eliminate the risks of errors and provide you with the most effective and precise treatment. Some common orthodontic treatments are:
Braces consist of metal bands, archwires, and brackets. The bands and brackets are attached to the teeth with a special bonding agent. The arch wires act as tracks to create the “path of movement” that leads the teeth to their desired position. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to get the needed results.
Generally, the older you get, the more complicated your crowding problem is and the longer the treatment period. That’s why dentists recommend patients should wear full braces at an early age. Braces can give the desired results between 12 and 24 months. After that, patients are suggested to wear a retainer to hold everything in position for the long term.
2. CLEAR ALIGNERS
Clear aligners are a modern approach to conventional braces. They are also called Invisalign and are the most effective treatment for misaligned or dislocated teeth. They are thin, plastic-like trays that are placed over individuals’ teeth and are almost invisible.
In this treatment, the dentists provide their patients with a series of aligners which are worn and removed after regular intervals. However, the number of aligners needed directly depends on the extent of the patient’s orthodontic problem.
Retainers are thin, plastic-like and slightly thin devices. They are worn over misaligned teeth and are custom-made according to your teeth’ shape, size, and position. Retainers are worn after orthodontic treatments, and they hold the teeth in the desired position and prevent their unwanted dislocation.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHILDREN AND ADULT’S ORTHODONTICS
Orthodontic treatments can correct the oral problems of people of all age groups, whether they are children or adults. With advanced developments in the field of orthodontics, adults are also showing keen interest in improving their oral health. However, there are some slight differences in children’s and adults’ orthodontics.
The most significant difference between adult’s and children’s orthodontic treatments are:
- Age-Related Considerations
- Bite Correction Concerns
- Tooth Extraction Issues
- Root Resorption Risk
- Bite Corrections
- Psychological and Social Considerations
Dentists keep these factors in mind while treating patients from different age groups. The main purpose of conventional orthodontics is to eliminate the oral imperfections of people, irrespective of their age and restore their smiles so that they can laugh or speak confidently, with freedom.