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Why is orthodontics used?

The benefits of orthodontics can include:

  • correction of dental crowding and straightening of your teeth
  • correction of your bite so the front and back teeth meet evenly
  • reducing the chance of damage to prominent teeth

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth, or their teeth do not meet correctly when they bite. These problems can mean it’s harder to keep your teeth and gums clean and your teeth are more likely to become damaged.

In some cases, abnormal positioning of your teeth and jaw can affect the shape of your face.

Orthodontic treatment:

Orthodontic treatment is usually only started after most of a child’s adult teeth have started to come through.
This is usually when they’re about 12 years old, but it depends on how many of their adult teeth have come through and the growth of their face and jaws.
Orthodontic treatment for adults can begin at any age, but the treatment options are more limited.
Treatment will not begin unless you have a good standard of oral hygiene, as orthodontic treatment can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum problems.

Types of orthodontic treatment

Orthodontics involves the use of braces to correct the position of the teeth. Your exact treatment will depend on the problem with your teeth.

In a small number of cases, you may have to wear headgear, or have small pins placed temporarily in your jaw as well as wearing a brace. If your teeth are very close together, causing them to twist or overlap, you may also need to have some teeth removed as part of your treatment.

The length of treatment will depend on how complicated the problem is, but it’s usually between 18 and 24 months.

When treatment finishes, you will need to wear a retaining brace. This is usually removable and needs to be worn every night to keep your teeth in their new position. They’re usually used for at least 12 months, but your orthodontist will advise you. Sometimes a thin wire may be permanently fixed behind your teeth to keep them in place.

How do I care for my teeth and braces?

It is important to keep having your teeth checked by your dental team while you are having orthodontic treatment. You also need to take extra care of your teeth and mouth:

  • Clean your teeth carefully every day, including between your teeth where you can. Braces are delicate and you need to make sure you clean them carefully so that they do not break.
  • Your dental team will be able to show you the special techniques to use depending on the appliance you are wearing.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Avoid snacks and drinks containing sugars, and fizzy drinks. Also, sticky, and hard foods may damage your brace.
  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day. Use a mouthwash if you need to.
  • Your dental team may recommend a stronger fluoride toothpaste, or perhaps a fluoride gel or mouth rinse, for you to use.

At Saudi German Hospital, we have a dedicated team of dentists, orthodontics, and cosmetic dental surgeons who provide a more focused and detailed approach for the assessment and treatment of patients suffering from complex dental traumatic injuries and other types of dental problems. Our vision is to transform the lives of people with the best and comprehensive medical and dental health.

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