The World of Orthodontics – Their Role and Treatments

The World of Orthodontics - Their Role and Treatments

Orthodontics is believed to be a vertical of dentistry that works towards correcting the positioning of teeth and jaws of its patients. The original improper positioning makes it hard for the patients to maintain dental hygiene, keep the teeth clean and remove floss entirely. Due to these reasons, these people tend to lose their teeth earlier than others caused by tooth decay and gum problems. Improper positioning links its effects to severe headaches, TMJ Disorders, and neck-shoulder as well as back pain.

In short, Orthodontists specialize in making our teeth straight and aligned. Treatments for TMJ Disorders in Los Gatos have recently shot up, resulting from awareness & knowledge about the condition.

The orthodontists can treat a variety of conditions like:

  • Closing wide teeth gaps
  • Aligning the tip
  • Improving speech restricted by improper gum & teeth placements
  • Contributing to the health of gums and the teeth n the long run
  • Repairing and straightening crooked teeth
  • Improper bites

Through various devices, like headgears, plates, and braces, the orthodontists improvise onto situations. Here is a list of devices that the Orthodontists work with:

Fixed appliances

Fixed appliances are the ones that are the most commonly used. A few of the fixed appliances are: 


A brace is customized according to the size and need of the patient. Additionally, it is made up of three components called the wire, brackets, and the band. The band builds the foundation of support, while the brackets play their part on the front. On the other hand, the wire passes through the brackets and fixes into the band to apply concentrated force to the teeth so that they fall back in a better position; the wire is tightened. The advancement has helped to present patients with an option between colored and clear braces.

Fixed Space Maintainers:

These are built to maintain space for the tooth which fell out. The band and wire are used to perform the procedure to avoid the teeth on either side occupying its space.

Special Fixed Appliances:

These are primarily used for the sole purpose of avoiding thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. These do not provide comfort while eating, so they are used when necessary.

Removable Orthodontic Appliances:

Appliances like aligners, headgears, lip and cheek bumpers, palatal expanders, and retainers (available in two types) fall under the category of revocable orthodontic appliances.

When you must see an orthodontist?

One must see an orthodontist when their teeth are positioned improperly (this situation abides with permanent teeth and has nothing to do with milk teeth). An improper position has no effects on the other physical parts of the body but can change the face structure, speech impairment, crooked teeth, and more.


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