Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that deals with the management and treatment of irregularities and abnormalities of teeth, jaws and face. It aims to produce a healthy bite, creating greater resistance to disease and improving your appearance. Some common appliances used in orthodontics are fixed metal braces, invisible braces and lingual braces. Retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment since they enable your teeth to stay in proper position once the braces are removed.
Practising orthodontics requires professional training and proper skills in the application and control of corrective appliances or braces and designing to bring your teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.
Orthodontics makes it easy to clean your teeth, which means there is a nominal risk of tooth decay or gum disease, also called gingivitis. It will ensure that your teeth meet together properly and there isn’t much stress on the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. This will help relieve problems such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines and shoulder pain.
Undergoing an orthodontic treatment involves great commitment and the benefits of the treatment include:
The cost associated with an orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the severity of the problem, appointment requirements and experience of the orthodontist. There are certain techniques such as aligner systems or lingual braces that seem to be more expensive. Probable patients should ask for the necessary information about costs and anything related to the treatment from the dentist/orthodontist. Your orthodontist will be happy to discuss with you the cost before the treatment.