What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a special area of dentistry that addresses dental placement problems such as tooth overlapping or spacing. Orthodontics not only results in more straight and beautiful teeth, but also improves function, because bad tooth collocation affects chewing, speech and facial appearance.
How do you know if you need orthodontic treatment?
You will see this in your smile: raised or crowded teeth or clear spaces that affect the appearance of the jaw.
Less obvious signs are frequent cheek bites, a tendency to breathe through your mouth, and if you don’t apply or meet your teeth when you close your mouth.
Do you hurt orthodontic treatments?
New orthodontic blockers are more comfortable than before and modern orthodontic braces move teeth gently and effectively, and do not scratch or injure the mouth or oral tissues.
You may experience some pain and sensitivity after the first orthodontic installation or during periodic adjustments, but this only lasts a few days and can be easily relieved with the usual pain relievers.
How long is the treatment?
This depends on your specific situation – your age, the severity of your condition, and the extent to which you stick to regular appointments! However, most orthodontic treatments take between six months to two and a half years.
Do I need to make big changes in my diet and lifestyle?
You may have to avoid food that can harm your blockers (such as caramel, chewing gum, corn or hard candy), but otherwise you can eat as much as you like, exercise, play musical instruments, and all other activities that give you fun and entertainment.
The biggest change is that you will need extra care to brush your teeth. Brushing teeth with flossing is more important but also more challenging. Your dentist can give you more advice on how to care for your teeth while wearing orthodontic braces.