ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IN BRAMPTON
Prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and the jaws comes under Orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment straightens misaligned and crowded teeth improving various functions like bite alignment, jaw function, muscle tension, as well as appearance. Straightened teeth also allow for easier, more effective cleaning.
It is recommended orthodontic screening take place by the age of seven so that your dentist may evaluate the development of your child’s teeth and mouth to determine what (if any) treatment is recommended to ensure your child’s oral development is as healthy as possible.
Orthodontic treatment can alleviate various issues, such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Cross bite
- Large gaps between teeth
Your dentist can assist you to determine which method of the following orthodontic treatments is the best option for you or your child:
Braces serve to straighten teeth, aligning person’s bite, while also working to improve the overall health of your teeth. Braces are used to correct issues such as an overbite, underbite, cross bite, open bite, malocclusions, crooked teeth, and various other flaws pertaining to the teeth or jaw.
Your dentist may also recommend another treatment before, during or after braces are placed on the teeth.
Headgear is implemented in order to guide the growth of the jaw and teeth of a younger individual whose mouth is still growing and therefore more susceptible to conform to healthy alignment.
Headgear, most often worn at night, may be used before braces, in conjunction with braces, or at any time during orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will be able to provide instruction on how to wear headgear and for how long it should be worn each day.
While they are not as stringent as braces, removable appliances can still guide the movement of a tooth or group of teeth. They may be used before braces, in conjunction with braces or implemented on their own to treat a specific orthodontic issue.
After braces have been removed, a retainer will help keep teeth in their proper position. Retainers are sometimes attached to teeth, or they may be removable. Your dentist will advise how long the retainer should be worn each day to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Tooth extraction is often the recommended dental treatment when teeth are crowded, badly out of position or damaged beyond the point of restoration.
Jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) may be required to properly align the upper and lower jaw, in which case your dentist will likely refer you to an oral or maxillofacial surgeon for the procedure.
Before undergoing any orthodontic treatment, it’s a good idea to discuss important post-surgery factors such as:
Optimal success following surgery will be highly dependent on following the advice of your dentist or oral surgeon. As well, it’s not uncommon for minor treatment to be required to correct small changes in tooth position following surgery.
Some discomfort following surgery is normal, particularly in the case of braces. However, don’t shy away from discussing with your dentist or oral surgeon any discomfort experienced during treatment to rule out the possibility of something more serious and receive advice on safely alleviating pain without compromising the effectiveness of the treatment.
Factors such as age, general health, the severity of your dental problem and the type of treatment employed all play factors in the time it will take you to see success. During ongoing treatment, you may have to visit your dentist every four to seven weeks over a period of six months to three years to ensure treatment remains on track.
Daily oral care, such as brushing and flossing, are all the more important for someone undergoing orthodontic treatment, particularly if the treatment is braces.
Your dentist can provide tips on how to brush and floss effectively to avoid food getting stuck in and around the brackets where, if not removed, can potentially lead to the plaque buildup and tooth decay, as well as hinder the orthodontic treatment itself.
It’s also important to refrain from biting hard objects such as ice cubes, nuts or chewing the ends of pencils and pens. You should also avoid consuming chewy foods such as gum or toffee as the sticky nature can loosen brackets or pull them off teeth completely. All factors could contribute to elongating your treatment.
Parents are advised to monitor their child’s teeth and brace cleaning habits to ensure they do a thorough job each time.