What is orthodontics?
Contrary to popular misconception, the teeth straightening procedure does not just cater to children but to all age groups. Although it is increasingly viewed as a rite of passage for children and teenagers, many adults opt for orthodontic treatment for both cosmetic and hygienic reasons.
You may wish to align your teeth so that it maintains a natural symmetry along your smile line. You may want to reduce the inherent health risks of having misaligned teeth. You could also be taking advantage of new teeth alignment systems that promise aesthetic – and discreet – methods of treatment. For whatever reasons, D2C Dental Care will give you the best treatment options that are designed to answer both your dental as well as lifestyle needs.
Who needs orthodontics?
Why do I need Orthodontic Treatment?
When your teeth is not in perfect alignment, orthodontic treatment can help to gradually move your teeth – using small, gradual forces – back to their desired position using either traditional braces or other aligner-type brackets.
Some of the most commonly treated orthodontic problems are: Crowded teeth; widely or unevenly spaced teeth; overbite; underbite; and crossbite. Depending on your particular issue and its severity, a typical treatment can take anywhere between 6 months to three years to produce the desired outcome.
Orthodontics, more than just a cosmetic procedure!
- Another common misconception holds that orthodontics is merely a cosmetic procedure. Of course, having one’s teeth straightened can dramatically improve a person’s smile profile and there are many aesthetic merits to having straight and beautiful teeth. Nevertheless, the benefits are often as functional as they are aesthetic.
- For example, people with unevenly spaced teeth – either too widely spaced or cramped within a small space (crowding) – often find it more difficult to clean their teeth. The irregular spacing and position of the teeth makes brushing and flossing less effective and may even become traps for food particles. When your teeth are straightened, it makes it a lot easier to thoroughly clean the teeth, thereby reducing the risk of tooth decay and other dental ailments.
- People with severe overbites are also more prone to external impacts to their protruding teeth – the correction of overbites can even reduce the risk of sports injuries. While treatments may vary from patient to patient, the overall improvement of bite quality is a common benefit. Following orthodontic treatment, many people have experienced improved function to their aligned teeth, especially when it comes to chewing their food and speaking more clearly.
Of course, getting your teeth to be well-aligned promises many more benefits. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, why not give us a call on (+62) 361 446 8901 and let us explain the benefits in clearer detail – as they personally relate to your individual needs.
Types of braces
Metal braces are the most common. They are made of high grade stainless steel. Today’s braces are much smaller and more comfortable. Therefore they are much more attractive. Most of the patients like to dress up the braces with different color elastics that can be changed at each appointment. Multiple colors are available.
Damon braces were invented by an orthodontist, Dr. Dwight Damon. This type of bracket utilizes (sliding door) technology known as “self ligation” that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic of steel ties are needed for these types of braces. This creates less friction and can result in more comfort for the patient. In addition, Damon braces cuts down on the treatment time and the number of adjustments that need to be performed.
Ceramic braces are a translucent tooth colored (clear) material. They are most popular with the adult patients. They are difficult to see on the teeth unless you are very close to the patient. The only draw backs to the bracket is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Clear Braces (Aligners)
Clear Braces is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using Aligners. Aligners are made of a clear, thin medical-grade polymer that is virtually invisible when worn.
It works using adcanced 3-D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign creates a series of clear, custom-made Aligners taht gradually move your teeth. You wear eacg Aligner for about two weeks, moving to the next set, until your teeth are straight.
Aligners should be worn day and night, except when eating, brushing or flossing. Aligners adjust the teeth incrementally over two week periods, therefore any soreness is mild and subsides within a few days. In contrast, other appliances may require more forceful (and painful) changes because adjustment are only made at each appointment.
The benefits of Aligners are:
- Nearly invisible–You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
- Removable–You can still eat and drink what you want.
- Better Oral Hygiene–You can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
- Comfortable–There are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions