Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that treats malocclusion, a condition in which the teeth are not correctly positioned when the mouth is closed. This results in an improper bite. An orthodontist specializes in making the teeth straight.
Our specialists can carry out work that aims to achieve: closing wide gaps between the teeth, aligning the tips of the teeth, straightening crooked teeth, improving speech or chewing ability, boosting the long-term health of gums and teeth, preventing long-term excessive wear or trauma of the teeth, and treating an improper bite.
Treatment can improve the appearance of the teeth, but it can also lead to better chewing and speech function and help protect teeth from damage or decay, in some cases. To achieve these goals, the orthodontist uses a range of medical dental devices, including headgear, plates, and braces.
Fixed appliances are the most common devices used in orthodontics. They are used when precision is important.
A person can eat normally with fixed appliances, but some foods and drinks need to be avoided, such as carbonated drinks, hard candy, gum, and other sticky foods. People who participate in contact sports need to tell their orthodontist, as they may need special gum shields.
Examples of orthodontic devices are: Braces, Fixed-space maintainers, Removable space maintainers, Special fixed appliances and Removable orthodontic appliances.