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Teeth Alignment

Teeth alignment, orthodontics, is a field of dentistry which repairs defects related to the occlusion of the teeth
(occlusion defects).

Crooked, crowded teeth, defective occlusion – all of these prevent an aesthetic smile and interfere functionally. Repairing these defects helps restore proper function and improves the aesthetics of the smile and the individual’s self-confidence.

Is teeth alignment only for children?

Not at all! People often think that teeth alignment is always done during adolescence. Treatment at this age is advantageous because it is possible to influence the growth of the jaw bones and the placement of the teeth. However, adults can also enjoy the benefits of the orthodontic treatment and repair the position of their teeth. In fact, teeth alignment treatments can benefit a 12 year old and a 70 year old equally.

Is orthodontic treatment performed after all of the permanent teeth have erupted?

Orthodontic treatment should be started even before all of the permanent teeth have erupted, so that various orthodontic problems that develop while the baby teeth are falling out can be prevented ahead of time. Prior diagnosis of pathological developmental conditions need to be treated at a relatively early age to minimize the problem or even to solve it completely, long before all of the permanent teeth erupt. As we mentioned earlier, orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age, both for a 12 year old boy or his 60 year old grandmother.

Is orthodontic treatment only meant for straightening protruding teeth?

Orthodontic treatment indeed addresses problems related to tooth alignment, but it also provides solutions to a wide range of additional cosmetic and medical problems, including changes in jaw structure, anterior or posterior crossbite and functional and cosmetic defects.
A routine examination to evaluate the state of the child’s teeth assists in significantly reducing the dental problems that the child may face at a later age. However, even if the defects were not treated during adolescence, some of them can be repaired at a later age (with the exclusion of influencing the growth of the bones).

What conditions may be treated?

Improvement of the physical appearance of your teeth
To repair crowded teeth
To repair crooked or abnormally positioned teeth
To return impacted teeth to the dental arch
To repair defective jaw occlusion
Repairing defective occlusion can help reduce clicking and pain in the jaw joints
As part of a rehabilitative treatment, orthodontics can be of assistance,
  for example – to extract an atraumatic tooth.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Prevention of pain and discomfort
Improvement of hygiene and prevention of periodontal diseases
Proper division of masticatory force

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