- Orthodontics is a dentistry specialty that defines the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of mal-positioned teeth and jaws, and misaligned bite patterns. Not everyone is born with straight teeth. If you have a bad bite or large spaces between your teeth, you must consult a dentist specializing in orthodontic care at Muneer Shaheed Dental Clinic. Our orthodontists use fixed and removable dental devices, like braces, retainers, and bands, to change the position of teeth in the mouth. They treat dental abnormalities, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Bite problems, like an overbite or an underbite
- Crowded teeth, or teeth that are too far apart
- Jaw misalignment
- The goal of orthodontic care is to improve a patient’s bite. Teeth that are straight and evenly spaced will align with opposing teeth in the jaw. A healthy bite ensures you can eat, chew, and speak properly.
Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of the teeth, although there are now different options for braces including ceramic and lingual (behind the teeth) braces. Metal wires and rubber bands are attached to the brackets to manipulate your teeth to correct orthodontic problems
Invisalign treatment uses clear, plastic aligners. The aligners are customized for each patient by making a 3d scan of their mouth. Customized aligners are then made to move the teeth in small steps until the correct position is reached.
Do and don'ts with braces?
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Braces
- DO brush your teeth carefully after every meal
- DON’T eat foods that can damage your braces
- DO floss daily
- DON’T bite your nails or chew on pencils
- DO protect your teeth if you play sports
- DON’T miss your orthodontic appointments
When should orthodontic treatment be started?
You’re never too old to begin orthodontic treatment — but if you start at an earlier age, your problems may be easier to treat. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child who may need orthodontic treatment should come in for a first visit around age 7.
How often should I brush my teeth with Invisalign?
Dentists recommend you continue brushing your teeth at least twice a day while undergoing Invisalign treatments. Use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and brush gently on all the surfaces of your teeth. Ask your dentist for further guidance.