Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontic Treatments

Why do orthodontic problems occur and how are they treated?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that deals with problems related to the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic disorders are usually genetic. They may also occur due to dysfunctions or bad habits including using a pacifier or bottle for a long time, finger sucking, and nail biting. Severe skeletal disorders that affect the entire face development can be avoided with simple treatments.

Can orthodontic treatment be done at every age? How long is the treatment period?

There is no age limit in orthodontic treatment, but the treatment planning and the duration may vary according to age. Sometimes, orthodontic treatment can be done in order to prepare teeth for prosthesis treatment. Such treatments are short term and result in 4-12 months.

Is orthodontic treatment painful? You won’t feel any pain during the procedure but your teeth and gums will probably be a little sore afterward. Any wounds will heal within a week and usually won't recur. Fastening the braces when first put on and after interim sessions, and eating hard food may cause your teeth to ache but this will go away within 3-4 days.

Does braces cause decay?

Braces do not cause decay. On the contrary, the areas where the brackets are bonded are protected from decay.

Can I brush my teeth when I have braces?

When you have braces, you can bush as usual. When brushing, there is no risks of them breaking or falling off.

How should I take care of my braces?

You shouldn't bite hard food like apples and pears, which may cause the braces to break, try cutting them into small pieces instead. When eating olives and prunes, separate the kernel before you put them into your mouth. Don't drink acidy drinks and stay away from sticky things like gum or jelly.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

If the planning is well done and the patient complies, the treatment should not exceed 2.5 years even in most severe cases. The average treatment duration is 1.5 years. There are also treatments that end within a year.

Is there a risk of relapse after orthodontic corrections?

Our teeth move throughout our lives. After orthodontic treatment, it takes a long time for the teeth to get used to their new positions and find good bone support around them. Therefore, after the braces are removed, teeth should be reinforced to remove the risk of relapse.