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Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that is concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities in the teeth and jaws. Many people are confused as to the difference between orthodontists and dentists, but orthodontists have undergone several years of further training in order to qualify as specialists in orthodontics.

The field of orthodontics largely focuses on treatments such as tooth straightening using orthodontic braces, as well as problems pertaining to the jaw. The aim of orthodontics is to produce a healthy, functioning bite, creating higher resistance to disease processes and improving your personal appearance. Many patients find that orthodontic treatment contributes to both their mental and physical wellbeing.

Braces are appliances or devices used to make these corrections.

How do braces straighten crooked teeth?

Braces use steady, gentle pressure over time to move teeth into their proper positions. They don't look like they're doing much just sitting there. But in fact, every moment or your orthodontic treatment, there's something happening in your mouth. The brackets we place on your teeth and the main arch wire that connects them are the two main components. The bracket is a piece of specially shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. Then we bend the arch wire to reflect your 'ideal" bite-what we want you to look like after treatment. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to actually move your teeth. Picture your tooth resting in your jaw bone. With pressure on one side from the arch wire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows in behind. It may look like nothing is happening but we're making a new smile here. Thanks to new materials and procedures, all this happens much quicker than ever before. It's kind of an engineering feat.

Benefits of Braces

  • Better appearance of teeth, smile and face
  • Improved self-esteem, confidence, well-being and feeling of acceptance
  • A more even bite
  • Easier to clean teeth
  • Reduce risk of injury to protruding front teeth
  • Improve growth in a positive manner
  • Correct harmful habits
  • Better jaw alignment, proportion and function

Who can perform orthodontics?

While it is perfectly acceptable for you to receive orthodontic treatment from a dentist, many dentists prefer to refer patients to specialized orthodontists at FIRST DENT MULTISPECIALITY DENTAL CLINIC who are qualified in the exact field of dentistry relating to the problem.