Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with the proper positioning of teeth.
People need orthodontics for different reasons. For example, some people have an overbite or underbite. Others have teeth that are either too far apart or too crowded and close together. You might be referred to us here at Silverstone Dental after your primary dentist recommended you get orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatments are fixed or removable. Fixed appliances include braces and other maintainers. Removable appliances are aligners and removable space maintainers, among a few other things.
The most popular orthodontic devices are braces that are fixed. They’re places over one or two visits and stay in place for a specific time, which can range from a couple of months to one or two years. Braces are extremely effective and have been in use for decades.
The main issue with braces is that they can be painful as they injure the mouth’s mucosa. To overcome this problem, we might give you small pieces of wax to place on the braces to protect the mouth. You might also consider getting a mouth guard to protect your braces if you play sports.
There are other fixed appliances like fixed space maintainers and special fixed appliances. These are usually used in babies and are rarely seen in older children.
Aligners are the most popular removable appliances in the same way that braces are the most popular fixed appliances. Aligners are usually transparent, and what’s so great about them is that they are barely noticeable by others.
You should remove your aligners when you eat. They can easily be washed under running water with slight tooth brushing. Aligners are becoming increasingly popular because they’re more comfortable, removable, and look better.
Other types of removable appliances include removable space maintainers, lip and cheek bumpers, and palatal expanders.