Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that corrects jaw and teeth alignment.
Orthodontics – Canton, MS
Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that corrects jaw and teeth alignment. The most traditional correction is to apply metal braces, but advances in dentistry and orthodontics offers more corrective methods than ever before.
Starting proactive orthodontic treatment when children are seven years old can make the process much more comfortable for him or her. The best way to learn more about your child’s orthodontic needs is to take them for regular dental visits. At Dental Solutions of Mississippi, we will suggest a course of treatment that meets the special needs of your child.
Proactive treatment offers many benefits:
- The teeth are easier to move, as the bone is softer
- The need to remove teeth later is reduced
- Spaces for incoming teeth can be created to avoid excessive crowding
- Treatment time can be reduced
Regardless of the cause of teeth and jaw misalignments, the treatment process is similar. Your dentist will perform full x-rays of the head and mouth then take impressions of the teeth. Once a specialized treatment plan is determined, the braces will be applied and adjusted from time to time until the desired results have been reached. Adjustments often result in mild discomfort that subsides over time. After treatment is finished, a retainer will be used to keep the teeth in position.
Children between the ages of seven and 14 are ideal candidates for braces because their facial structures are still developing. Treatment time for braces is usually around two years, but adults are often required to wear their braces longer, as their facial structures are fully developed.
Caring For Your Braces
Braces require diligent dental care to ensure that food particles do not get trapped in the appliances. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are necessary to prevent decay and staining that can occur on the enamel that is not covered by the braces.
Great care must be taken to avoid hard or sticky foods. These foods can not only damage the braces, they can cause decay, as well, as they can hide in the tiny spaces created by the network of brackets and wires.
For more information on orthodontics, contact Dental Solutions of Mississippi to schedule an appointment.