Orthodontic treatment refers to the straightening of teeth and the comprehensive control of the growth and development of the jaw. The medical name for orthodontics comes from Greek and the word describes tooth straightening.
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An incorrect bite can cause head and face pain, make it difficult to chew, and make it difficult to clean your teeth. It exposes teeth to wear and often also adversely affects appearance.
The cause of a bite defect is usually hereditary, but other factors, such as prolonged sucking of the thumb, large tonsils and loss of teeth, can also cause a bite that requires orthodontic treatment. The aim of orthodontic treatment is to get a functionally good and visually pleasing bite.
Orthodontic treatment begins with a consultation with a specialist dentist. A thorough oral and dental examination is performed, and dental problems are diagnosed. After the examination, impressions and X-rays are taken of the dentistry, on the basis of which an individual treatment plan is created. A written summary of the plan is always provided, which the customer receives.
Before starting treatment, the progress of the treatment and its costs are reviewed. Teeth with cavities, possible gum inflammation, and problems with the connective tissue of the teeth are treated before starting orthodontic treatment.
Severe bite defects cannot be treated with orthodontic treatment alone. In this case, in addition to orthodontics, surgeries are needed to move either the lower or upper jaw to a new position.
Orthodontic treatment can be given to children under school age. However, treatment is most commonly given to 9-12-year-olds, in which case the growth of the jaw can still be influenced. However, age is not a barrier to orthodontics and adult teeth can also be treated.
The duration of orthodontic treatment is very individual. In adults, the correction of an individual tooth position can take a few months and a more extensive treatment can take up to a couple of years.
Teeth straightening is usually followed by a maintenance phase to prevent the transferred teeth from returning. This is done either with a removable plastic sheet or with steel wire glued behind the teeth. In adults, severe bite defects can be treated with surgery in addition to orthodontics.