WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Orthodontics is also one of greatest strengths of Dr. Hung & Associates Dental Center.
BENEFITS OF ORTHODONTICS?
Crooked teeth that do not fit together exactly are harder to keep oral hygiene and at risk of being lost early because of dental caries and periodontal disease. The benefits of orthodontics treatment are not only a more pleasing appearance but also improving masticatory function, simplifying to keep clean and preventing your teeth from bad complications.
Enhance your bad oral situation as soon as possible in order to spend more time on concentratedly realising your dreams latterly.
WHEN TO START ORTHODONTICS TREATMENT?
Orthodontics is for both adults and children. Wearing dental braces during orthodontics treatment is no longer the hesitation because it is becoming more and more popular event in civilized society.
The most suitable age for orthodontics is 10-14 years old. Therefore, parents should pay the attention for their children’s oral situation, take them to the dentist periodically for consultation. Mentally preparation for children by their parents to adapt dental treament is one of the most important factors that makes a success for final results.
People at the age of juvenility should also take the initiative in observing and caring for dental hygiene, having orthodontics treatment done anytime when their teeth meet abnormally. Anyway, everybody should have a check-up every 6 months to receive advices from experts for a brighter smile.
WHO IS THE CANDIDATE FOR ORTHODONTICS TREATMENT?
If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:
– Overbite, sometimes called “buck teeth”: where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth
– Underbite: a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
– Crossbite: when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
– Open bite: space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
– Misplaced midline: when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth
– Spacing: gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
– Crowding: when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate.
ORTHODONTICS FOR ONLY ONE JAW?
In order to get the best result, orthodontics treatment for both upper and lower jaws should be advised by dentists. However, in some specific cases, only-one-jaw orthodontics treatment can be done.
One-jaw orthodontics treatment can be carried out just when the opposite one has right position and standardized teeth that can ensure the harmonious occlusion between 2 jaws after treatment.
Therefore, orthodontists are the right people to decide your treatment plan after clinically examinating and checking out on x-ray film.
HOW DOES ORTHODONTICS TREATMENT WORK?
Braces and Invisalign are two of today’s most common treatment methods.
Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and have a well-established history of treatment. Invisalign is a much newer treatment option, having only been widely used for the last fifteen years or so, but the system continues to increase in popularity.
– Traditional metal braces
– Ceramic braces
– Damon self-ligating braces
– Lingual braces
The two main benefits of Invisalign are that the aligners are almost completely invisible, and that they are removable. They also tend to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces, since the aligners are made of a smooth plastic that won’t irritate the gums or cheeks the way some brackets and wires might. The trays are custom designed to fit each patient’s unique needs, and are changed every two weeks in order to keep up with the shift in the movement of your teeth.
WHICH TYPE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Every type of orthodontics treatment has its advantages and disadvantages. In the consultation appointment, both patients and orthodontists should consider about these factors:
– Cost: traditional metal braces is the cheapest.
– Time: Damon self-ligating braces can help you save time and have fewer dental visits.
– Aesthetics: Which is the advantage of ceramic and lingual braces.
– Affection: severe cases should be done with metal braces or Damon braces.
– Oral hygiene self-keeping: Invisalign is removable that is easy to keep clean. Damon braces also has this advantage.
ORTHODONTICS TREATMENT PROCEDURE IN DR. HUNG & ASSOCIATES DENTAL CENTER
We need you have to follow correctly the instructions of orthodontist. A orthodontics treatment usually takes completely about 1-2 years.
Step 1: Clinical examination, x-ray film taking
Our Dr. Hung & Associates Dental Center has adequate equipments for panorex and cephalometric radiography, computer softwares for date recording and analyzing. Therefore, teeth and jaws situations can be determined exactly based on fully meeting the requirements of facial beauty, smile, functions of joints and muscles.
Using the orthodontics planning software can help patients understand the condition of their teeth, how they varies step by step. This software can also perform and predict the final results.
Step 2: Treatment plan and consultation
After analyzing dental datas, orthodontist will recommend a treatment plan. The method of orthodontics is usually classified into types of braces that suit the condition of teeth-jaws, time and costs; they are: metal braces, ceramic braces, Damon braces and lingual braces. However, there is a new method without braces called Invisalign (the plastic removable aligner).
It is important for patients to understand how the orthodontics treatment works and what they must do during treatment. Collaboration, adherence to dental guidelines is also essential.
Step 3: Dental cleaning
This is the basic step to remove dental dirty to avoid the risk of any dental problems. With the braces, oral hygiene keeping becomes more difficult. In addition, all cases of teeth defects such as dental caries, broken tooth… must be treated completely before orthodontics treatment.
Step 4: Braces placing
Braces or appliances are placed in the right positions in mouth to align the teeth.
Step 5: Re-check-ups
After the braces fixation, the follow-up visits will be done periodically. The dental visits frequency depends on the status of each case, may be 7 days; 2 weeks or 1 month,…
In every visit, orthodontic appliances are adjusted to keep the teeth moving. Radiographs are performed to assess progression and help patients to observe the effection of their treatment.
Step 6: Braces removing
After removing the braces, the treatment is not finished yet. It means how harmonious and healthy the teeth are depends on how much you take care of the teeth after orthodontics.
In many cases, orthodontic retainer is used after removal of braces to maintain the position of the teeth.
|Metal Case||1250-1800/both arches||1620 – 1476/ both arches||1117 – 1609/ both arches|
|Metal Self-Ligating braces||2000-2500/both arches||2592 – 3240/ both arches||1788 – 2235/ both arches|
|Ceramic Braces||2000-2500/both arches||2592 – 3240/ both arches||1788 – 2235/ both arches|
|Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces||2500-2850/both arches||3240 – 3694/ both arches||2235 – 2548/ both arches|
|Lingual Braces||4900-6700/both arches||6351 – 8684/ both arches||4381 – 5990/ both arches|
|Invisalign||4500-5500/both arches||5832 – 7129/ both arches||4023 – 4917/ both arches|