The orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry dedicated to diagnose, prevent and treat dental malpositions .
Is there a suitable age to resort to orthodontic treatment?
The ideal age will be in each case determined by the professional, depending on the problem to be treated in each patient. The importance of the diagnosis at the right time will be fundamental for the success of the treatment, for which the visit to the orthodontist at an early age facilitates the monitoring and planning of the treatment if this is necessary.
Can problems arise if orthodontics is necessary and it is not done?
When a child needs orthodontics and it is not done, he will easily have problems over the years. It is difficult to predict what type and to what extent it will affect you but most likely you have disordered teeth, prone to wear enamel, loss of a tooth, inflammation of the gums and bad breath due to the difficulty of having good hygiene .
Are there problems that do not need treatment?
There are times in children’s teeth where milk teeth with definitive teeth coexist in the mouth and it may seem that the teeth are not placed correctly, although in fact they are. The orthodontist will be the one who will dictate the normality or not of those changes.
The first visit to an orthodontist
During the first visit, a complete revision of the patient’s mouth is made, as well as their hygiene habits, general health, swallowing and breathing. With these data and some X-rays, your medical file is filled out.
Duration of treatments
Each treatment is totally personal and appropriate to the problems to be solved, but they can last from 12 to 24 months.
What are the most frequent cases of orthodontics?
- When closing the mouth there are teeth in front that are not closed. It is what is known as an open bite.
- When when closing the mouth the lower teeth are above the upper ones, it is the inverted bite.
- When closing the mouth the upper teeth cover the lower ones excessively, it is known as overbite.
- Disordered and crowded teeth, is the dental crowding.
- Upper teeth inclined forward, is the dental protrusion.
Is orthodontics only important for aesthetics?
Of course not. Correct chewing, which occurs with well-placed teeth, helps to have a good digestion. Also headaches may be due to a defective jaw joint.