Do you have crooked teeth? Here’s why you should visit an orthodontist for treatment

Published on: 1 April 2022, 11:00 am IST

If you have crooked teeth and are wondering what to do, orthodontic treatments can help you in the long run!

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Crooked teeth can be corrected. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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In our daily lives, we meet a lot of people, both professionally and personally. The first impression really matters, so your personality must shine through. It is very important for us to smile when we speak, but those who have crooked teeth often hesitate in smiling freely.

We do have many ways and treatments to get our crooked teeth fixed but people often get confused and don’t know how to deal with their dental problems. Only a few people are aware that all dentists are not orthodontists but all orthodontists are dentists. But when it comes to fixing our crooked teeth, we should opt for orthodontic treatments.

What is an orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatments involve straightening or repositioning teeth, in order to improve their look and function. Dispersing the biting pressure across all of your teeth, these treatments can also help maintain the long-term health of your teeth, gums, and jaw joints.

Many people have teeth that are crowded or crooked. The teeth can be straightened or moved into a better place with orthodontic therapy. This can help improve the appearance of the teeth and the way they bite together, as well as make them easier to clean.

The ‘prominent’ teeth are more vulnerable to damage, but orthodontic treatments can help straighten them out. Alternatively, the way the upper and lower jaws meet can contribute to unattractive teeth and an improper bite. Orthodontic therapy may be able to help with both these issues.

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Get your pearly whites straight, girl. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

When teeth don’t contract properly, the muscles in the jaw are strained, resulting in jaw and joint difficulties, as well as headaches. Orthodontic therapy can help you bite more evenly and lessen the amount of strain you put on your teeth.

What is the treatment process for crooked teeth?

The most crucial thing is to get a thorough examination. This normally entails an examination of your teeth, the obtaining of dental x-rays, and the making of plaster models of your teeth. The treatment options will then be discussed with your orthodontist. Once you’ve decided to proceed, the procedure can begin as soon as you have enough permanent teeth.

The purpose of this examination is to confirm that any previous medical or dental issues have been resolved before treatment begins. After these medical checkups, orthodontists go through the procedure of dental X-rays, and so on the basis of results and photographs of jaw alignment. Finally, orthodontists decide the treatment.

What are some orthodontic devices used to straighten crooked teeth?

The orthodontist will then propose a bespoke orthodontic device or devices to gently realign the teeth. It’s possible that this orthodontic appliance will be fixed or can be removed. Traditional fixed braces, which use individual dental brackets joined by an archwire, are most usually used.

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Braces have both pros and cons. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Lingual braces are fixed braces that are placed on the inside of the teeth to hide them. Fixed braces can be replaced with removable devices. To speed up treatment, these devices are meant to be worn for a set number of hours each day.

Fixed braces and removable devices can be discontinued, once the teeth have been properly aligned. The most inconvenient aspect of your orthodontic treatment is now behind you. After that, the orthodontist will make a personalized retainer for you. The retainer’s purpose is to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original locations.

Retainers must be worn for a set length of time each day for a set amount of time. The jawbone will regenerate around the repositioned teeth during the retention phase, totally stabilizing them in their new position.

Dr Vimal Arora Dr Vimal Arora

Lt General, Chief Clinical Officer- Clove Dental

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