Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, irregularities, abnormalities and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your teeth and give you an attractive smile.
Deciding to get braces on is a big decision for you. It is very important for you to choose a good Orthodontist who has adequate knowledge, skills and expertise to diagnose and treat your orthodontic problem correctly.
Incorrectly diagnosed and executed treatment plans can ruin your teeth and face, prolong treatment time and grossly compromise final treatment results.
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The Indian orthodontic Society and American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven.
The Orthodontist will then evaluate the child's teeth and facial structure and identify any abnormal developmental conditions which may require an early treatment. If everything is fine, the child is scheduled for next orthodontic evaluation at the age of 10 ½ years during which most of the treatment decisions are taken and orthodontic treatment may be started. However, if you have missed this important age for orthodontic evaluation, It can very well be done at a later age.
ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.