Smiles help us to convey the happiness we feel inside, to the outside. We do this from an early age, but over time it becomes conditioned by the health of our smile. People end up smiling less and less – not because they are unhappy, but because they end up facing various problems related to oral health.
Dental problems often occur at an early age and many children experience toothache, problems caused by overlapping or overcrowding. Malocclusion is also one of the most common diseases of the jaw and involves a difference between the upper and lower jaw, causing long-term problems for the patient’s health.
Due to the aesthetic aspect that overlapping or overcrowded teeth create, more and more children are affected by this and end up either internalizing, smiling less or avoiding moments with their friends due to the fact that they feel “different”. Often, these problems are immediately identified by an orthodontist, who will provide the best solution to restore the perfect and healthy smile to the little patient.
What is the best time to visit an orthodontist’s office?
Little ones often come for the first visit around the age of 6-7, sometimes even earlier if there have been other types of tooth problems.
The orthodontist will carefully examine the patient’s teeth, mouth and jaw, and based on the examination performed, will subsequently recommend the most appropriate treatment. Most often, jaw conditions or other problems that change the appearance and affect the health of the teeth are corrected with the help of a brace .
For many children, wearing braces also brings a lot of joy (especially when opting for colored elastics), in addition to the need to correct the alignment problems of the teeth. The braces move the teeth into an upright position by exerting constant pressure on them. This pressure should not scare anyone – it is tolerated even by the youngest patients.
Braces create beautiful smiles, but that’s not all they do. Good orthodontic care contributes a lot to oral health.
How long should the brace be worn?
The duration of wearing braces will be determined by the needs of the patient and the problems that the orthodontist is trying to correct / remedy, but the average wear of the braces is about 2 years. It is then necessary for the patient to maintain proper oral hygiene and return to the office for regular visits.
What are the stages of dental treatment?
Generally, orthodontic treatment takes between 6 months and 2 years to complete. The timing of treatment will largely depend on the classification of the malocclusion, the type of dental devices used to correct it, and the patient’s perseverance.
Orthodontic treatment will be performed in three stages:
- The planning stage – in which the orthodontist provides an accurate diagnosis to realign the teeth in the most efficient and fastest way.
- Dental activation stage – following the diagnosis made by the doctor in the previous stage and based on a personalized treatment plan for the patient, personalized orthodontic devices will be recommended to gently move the teeth in a proper alignment.
- Retention stage – after the correct alignment of the teeth has been completed, the orthodontist will remove the fixed and removable appliances from the patient’s tooth surfaces. Also at this stage a custom fixing device will be made which will prevent the teeth from returning to the initial alignment. These supports will be worn by the patient for a period of time and under regular monitoring of the orthodontist.
The benefits of correcting misaligned teeth are many, both for children and adults. Straight teeth have a much healthier appearance and contribute favorably to improving life by strengthening self-confidence and self-esteem. More importantly, properly aligned teeth improve the chewing and speaking functions of the jaw.
We encourage you to make your smile visible. A good team of orthodontic specialists will provide you with the best solutions to get a perfectly aligned smile – from the youngest member of the family to the oldest.