Any successful Orthodontic practice depends on a constant referral from any General Dental Practice. General Practitioners are the first Clinicians to examine a prospective Orthodontic Case during routine Dental Examination. Now if the patient has an Aesthetic Problem he will naturally seek help for it. They form the major bulk of Orthodontic patients. However there can be patients with obvious malocclusions in their mouth but is not having any immediate aesthetic concerns. Here comes the very vital role of a General Practitioner. Whether this category of patients actually gets the proper orthodontic treatment from here will depend on the DIAGNOSTIC EYE of the general practitioner.
Here I have listed some important FAQs which all General Practitioners should be aware of.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that is officially known as Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The purpose of orthodontics is to treat any type of malocclusion, which is simply another way of saying “bad bite.”
When you have a malocclusion, it means that your teeth, lips and/or jaws don’t line up the way they should. As a result, your teeth may be crooked, your bite may not work correctly and your jaws may look unbalanced.
To fix bad bites, orthodontists — who are specially trained professionals — use braces and other corrective procedures, including materials often called “appliances,” to achieve tooth and jaw alignment. This correction of the teeth and their supportive structures makes for a healthy, attractive smile.
Why should all kids get an Orthodontic Check-Up no later than age 7 ?
When most people think of orthodontics, they think of teenagers. And the fact is, most orthodontic treatment begins at ages 10, however, by age 7, most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important, because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re found early. Moreover the upper jaw which is called the MAXILLA stops growing forward after 8 years. So if by chance there is a crossbite problem in your child it can lock the jaw growth permanently.
For these reasons, we recommend that your child gets an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that can be comforting news. Even if a problem is detected, we may not recommend immediate treatment. Chances are, we will take a “wait-and-see” approach, checking on your child from time to time as the permanent teeth come in and the jaws and face continue to grow. For each patient who needs treatment, there’s an ideal time for treatment to begin in order to achieve the best results. The orthodontist is the specialist.
Who has the knowledge to determine when the time is just right.
In some cases, we might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing, and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Typically, early treatment involves the use of orthodontic appliances, which may be removable, to guide the growth of young bones and create a better environment for adult teeth as they emerge. In some cases, we will be able to achieve results that wouldn’t be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
Is it ever too late to get started?
Beautiful, healthy smiles are possible for anyone. From age 7 to 70, the biological process of tooth movement is the same in children and adults. As the science of orthodontics has developed gentler wires and more esthetic braces, many adults are now taking advantage of improving their own smiles. Whether you are considering orthodontic care to enhance your appearance or to correct a poor bite that has contributed to dental problems, we’d love to talk with you about the benefits of adult orthodontics.
What are Fixed Appliances?
Fixed orthodontic appliances are braces that are stuck onto the surface of the teeth, and only an Orthodontist can remove them. Fixed braces consist of small squares or brackets that are stuck to the outer surfaces of the teeth and metal bands or sleeves that slide over the back teeth. Before bands are placed, it is sometimes necessary to place separators (small elastic bands that are flossed between the back teeth). The separators push the teeth apart slightly so that there is room for the metal band to pass over the teeth a few days later. When fixed appliances are fitted, it is necessary to keep your mouth as dry as possible so that the glue and cement can set. At the end of the bond up appointment, wires will be threaded into the tiny slots in the brackets and bands. These wires are held in place by tiny elastic bands, which come in various colours, red, blue, purple, pink and even turquoise to name but a few. Provided you keep your teeth nice and clean you will be able to choose your colours when the wires are ready to be changed.The wires will now start to very slowly move your teeth and will need to be changed or adjusted approximately every one to two months. As the teeth start to straighten, thicker wires are used.
Will brace treatment hurt?
Fitting the braces is painless, but later that day the teeth will feel strange. Individual pain sensitivity varies a lot. Some patients say this is mild and others find it tender. The best advice is to take pain relief that you would normally take for a headache, for example “Crocin Pain Relief” but be careful not to exceed the recommended daily dose. You can have the medicines upto three tablets a day, upto 3-4 days, preferably after food. After the 4th or 5th day everything will be just as normal.