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What is Orthodontic Treatment?

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Orthodontic treatment is a way of moving and aligning teeth to improve the appearance and function of teeth. It helps to protect the long-term health of the teeth, gums and jaw joints by spreading the bite pressure to all teeth with the right directions.

Many people have crooked or poor positioned teeth. The orthodontic treatment will align and straighten the wrong positioned teeth and put the teeth in a better position. Alignment of the teeth will both provide a more aesthetic appearance and make it easier to clean the teeth.

When the positions of the lower and upper teeth are incorrect in closing, this can strain the jaw muscles, cause joint problems and even headaches. With orthodontic treatment, the closure is corrected, preventing the formation of jaw and joint problems, and it can protect the teeth by ensuring that the force is evenly distributed to the teeth.

Sometimes the front teeth may slip out. These teeth are more likely to be damaged and fractured by trauma. Since these teeth are protrusive, it will be difficult to close the mouth, there is also the possibility of caries in these teeth. Orthodontic treatment will help align these teeth in such cases, prevent the damage and provide an aesthetic appearance.

At what age should you start to the orthodontic treatment?

Today, there is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment can be applied at any age if the condition of the teeth and gums, the strength of the bones and connective tissues supporting the teeth are strong and suitable. However, the best time for orthodontic treatment is usually childhood, since it will be easier to apply force to the teeth, orthodontic treatments at an early age give faster results. Orthodontic treatment is usually started after all deciduous teeth have come out, around the age of 12, but there are early orthodontic applications during the primary dentition period. If you suspect a problem with your child's teeth, it would be beneficial to have it checked as soon as possible and to get information about the treatment process from your dentist.

How is orthodontic treatment applied?

First of all, you should be examined by a dentist or orthodontist to decide which treatment option you have and get information about how long it will take. In this examination, x-rays are taken, and plaster models can be created for measuring your teeth. Before starting orthodontic treatment, your teeth should be cleaned if you have cavities or tartars.

Tooth extraction for orthodontic treatment can be done in cases where necessary. Externally attached appliances can be used, brackets can be attached, or treatment can be started with invisalign plaques. Your doctor will recommend the best treatment option for you.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The time of treatment depends on how severe the problem is and the duration of orthodontic treatment can vary from a few months to two years. Most patients can be cured within 1-2 years. Your doctor will inform you about how long your treatment will take after the examination.

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

All orthodontic treatments may seem strange at first and cause discomfort. However, this situation does not last long, the adaptation period is short. If there is stinging or pain caused by the wire, your doctor will correct these situations.

Does orthodontic treatment damage teeth?

Orthodontic treatment is done by applying force to the teeth. If the force applied to the teeth is more than the load that the tooth can carry or if it is fast, the teeth may be damaged. To prevent this from happening, your orthodontist or dentist will shape the treatment with regular checkups.

If you do not take good care of your teeth during treatment, your teeth may be damaged. Braces do not cause any harm to the teeth, but inadequate cleaning and too much sugary and soda can cause decays, discoloration and permanent damage to your teeth. Brackets, wires and plaques can trap food on the teeth and cause more plaque to form than normal. Therefore, it is necessary to clean your teeth very well.

What should be considered in orthodontic treatment?

It is important to be checked frequently by your dentist while having orthodontic treatment. You also need to take extra care of your teeth and oral care. You should clean your teeth and between them every day. You should pay attention to your eating and drinking so that the braces do not break. Avoid sugar-containing snacks and gazz drinks.

Orthodontic treatment prices

Orthodontic treatment prices vary depending on which orthodontic treatment method you choose with your dentist. At the same time, your orthodontic treatment process and the choice of material to be used will also change the price of orthodontic treatment. Make sure you get detailed information before starting the treatment.

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