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What is a full Orthodontic treatment?

December 29th, 2020

If you got here, you already know what an Orthodontic Dentist is. But do you know what we do? What does a Full Orthodontic Treatment offer? In this article, we are going to tell you all about what you'll obtain with a Full Treatment. 

Orthodontics is a specific part of dentistry that treats facial and jaw malformations, but you already know this, right? Having a proper alignment of your teeth and jaw will grant you coherent speech, chewing, and biting skills. 

The Full Orthodontics Treatment consists of using different devices to achieve the right jaw and facial alignment. The type of approach implemented will depend on the sort of malocclusion or teeth misalignment. 

What malocclusion or misalignment can be fixed with a Full Treatment?

  • Overcrowding can happen when there is a growth of adult teeth, causing the overcrowding of arch space and finally can lead to misalignment. Overcrowding may create twisting and a total displacement of teeth.
  • A pronounced lower jaw that protrudes further than the upper jaw is called Negative Underjet, and this malocclusion makes the chin look larger and pointed.  
  • A protruding upper jaw encountering the lower jaw is called an overbite. This kind of malocclusion makes the chin look like it has retreated.

Starting the Full Treatment 

After discovering which type of misalignment is bothering the client, it's time to develop an individual treatment plan, made by a precise visual examination of the patient’s smile. After this careful analysis, diagnostic records are created. 

These records include panoramic x-rays, bite patterns, and extra imaging of the jaw joints in some circumstances. This type of method permits the construction of an anticipated treatment program. 

Once the diagnosis and development stages are complete, a fixed or removable orthodontic device is applied to relocate the teeth and jaw arches into ideal alignment. If the patient has an overcrowded mouth, one or several teeth may need to be removed to prepare the mouth for the realignment process. 

Fixed Devices

The fixed brace is made of ceramic, and clear or metal brackets that are fixed over every tooth throughout the treatment. An archwire is attached through each bracket to unite them. The wire is frequently tightened until the wanted effects are achieved. Typically Is common that the fixed brackets are removed after 18-30 months.

Removable Devices

Removable braces come in various forms and dimensions and are popular because of their comfort. Removable braces include headgear, which adjusts malocclusions due to developmental difficulties; retainers that keep the right alignment of the teeth after orthodontic treatment; and Invisalign® trays, which are applied for various weeks at a time to fix usual teeth alignment problems.

Are dentists and orthodontists the same thing? Learn about the differences! 

December 17th, 2020

This article will explain how orthodontists and dentists are different, so you can choose which sort of expert you necessitate.

Orthodontists and dentists share several similarities, but they are not the same, and to get the most reliable outcomes, they must work together. Your dentist can be looked at as a general doctor and your orthodontist as a specialist.

Both dentists and orthodontists play a big part in maintaining our dental health. Nevertheless, patients need to be conscious that just like our family doctor needs to work with a medical specialist, dentists also need to be assisted by dental specialists, the orthodontists. 

Like all doctors, dentists require extensive training through their practice, finishing a residency before getting certified. The initial two years of dental school take place in the class and laboratory. Throughout the latest two years, dentists work with patients under the guidance of an authorized dental school. It is common for dentists to go to school for a pre-dentistry or pre-medical degree before going on to a university of dentistry. After finishing dental school, dentists must take and pass the National Dental Examination to become licensed workers.

Likewise, orthodontists seek a pre-dentistry or pre-medical major in their undergraduate degree before entering dentistry school. After finishing dental school and getting the certification, orthodontists go to an orthodontic residency program for an extra 2 to 3 years to receive a specialty certification in orthodontics. According to the American Board of Orthodontics, orthodontists can go into work after passing additional certification examinations.

Dentists

First, you should know about dentists. They are also known as dental surgeons, a surgeon who specializes in dentistry. To become a dentist you need about eight years, four years to obtain a bachelor's degree as an undergraduate, and four years to get a DDS or DMD at a dental academy. If you're fascinated about specializing, you'll need to finish a dental residency. 

A certified dentist can practice most dental treatments, such as:

  • Restorative (dental restorations, crowns, bridges), 
  • Prosthodontist (dentures, crown/bridge), 
  • endodontic (root canal) therapy, 
  • Periodontal (gum) therapy, 
  • Oral surgery (extraction of teeth), dental implant placement, 
  • Performing examinations, taking radiographs (x-rays), and diagnosis.

Also, dentists can prescribe remedies such as antibiotics, fluorides, pain killers, local anesthetics, sedatives/hypnotics, etc.

Orthodontists

Orthodontists also need extensive practice, but they also require further knowledge to specialize in diagnosing and fixing misalignment of teeth and jaws. This extra knowledge comes from three additional years in a certified university centered only on the tooth and jaw alignment. They are experts in facial and dental growth. 

The extra experience makes orthodontists capable of making precise early intervention to reduce the demand for orthodontic procedures, improving appearance results, applying treatments like retainers, clear aligners, and traditional braces.

Orthodontists do the following:

  • manage facial development in children (jawline and bite)
  • diagnose and fix malocclusion
  • formulate a strategy that includes braces and retainers
  • teeth straightening surgery
  • place dental devices, such as braces, palatal expanders, orthodontic headgear, or Herbs devices

If you suspect you have a twisted jawline or teeth that require alignment, you should think of skipping the dentist and running to the orthodontist. Also, children should be evaluated by an orthodontist before turning 7 to see if braces will be required. 

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