Date of update: 2023-02-21 11:13:45
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the correction of crowding of the upper and lower jaws and teeth. Since it is more difficult to clean crooked and poorly positioned teeth, there is a risk of periodontal (gum) diseases and early loss of teeth due to tooth decay. They can also cause more pressure on the jaw muscles, leading to temporomandibular joint disorders and thus headaches, back and shoulder pain.
Crooked teeth also affect your appearance. With orthodontic treatment, you can have a healthier mouth, a more impressive appearance and teeth that will stay in your mouth longer.
Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
Only a dentist or orthodontist can determine your need for orthodontic treatment. After an examination that includes a comprehensive medical and dental history, oral and dental examinations, the creation of jaw models and a number of diagnostic methods such as special X-rays and photographs, it can be determined whether you need orthodontic treatment and the type of treatment to be performed. You may need orthodontic treatment if you have the following:
How is Orthodontic Treatment Performed?
Treatment to move the teeth, affect the muscles or the growth of the jaws can be fixed or removable. These treatments are performed by applying very light forces to the teeth or jaws. The type of treatment is determined by the severity of your problem.
Fixed treatments consist of the following: