Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. It is a specialized field that focuses on the growth and development of teeth and jaws, as well as correcting malocclusion (or “bad bite”). Orthodontic treatment is used to improve the harmony of the mouth and jaw, allowing for more comfortable eating and better oral hygiene. Orthodontists treat patients of all ages, but they often work with children and adolescents.
Braces are dental tools that help correct tooth problems, such as crowding, crooked teeth, or misaligned teeth. They are used to straighten teeth and improve the bite. Braces can be used for both health-related and cosmetic reasons. Many people wear braces as teens, but adults can also benefit from them.
As you wear them, braces slowly straighten and align your teeth so that you have a normal bite. Orthodontists are dentists who have specialized in orthodontics. They have additional training in correcting bites, occlusion (the way teeth come into contact with each other), and the straightness of the teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association recommend that all children undergo an orthodontic evaluation before age 7.Deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment may not be easy, but it can make a big difference in appearance and self-esteem.
Most orthodontists recommend brushing your teeth after every meal or snack with fluoride toothpaste and carefully removing any food that may have gotten stuck in braces. It is important to establish a relationship with your orthodontist or dentist to ensure that you receive the optimal care you deserve.