What is Orthodontics and Why Should you get Orthodontics Treatment?
In simple terms, orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that corrects the position of your teeth.
When I was an elementary school student I had crooked teeth so my father took me to the dentist to get braces. The main reason I got braces was because my parents wanted to hide what they termed as “ugly teeth”.
My parents and I had no knowledge about braces until I started working at a dental clinic 7 and a half years ago. I realized then how important it is to get braces for not only the aesthetics but for functional reasons as well.
Braces can improve the oral function such as chewing, improve speech and help protect teeth from damage or decay.
So, what kind of cases require braces for functional reasons?
The answer is when you have malocclusion! If the jaws and teeth do not develop properly, malocclusion can result. The teeth will be crooked and misaligned, and the bottom and top sets of teeth may not line up.
Malocclusion includes protruding teeth, crowding, deep bite, overbite, reverse bite,open bite, cross bite etc. Severe malocclusion may affect eating, speech, and can cause decay.
Of course, braces can not only improve malocclusion, but it can also adjust spacing in the teeth. And amazingly, an orthodontist can also help solve problems such as grinding or clenching of teeth and clicking or moving of the jaw.
Actually, after getting braces, my teeth became straight, but I found out that my bite was not properly fixed so I ended up having an open bite, which led to my teeth wearing out. Usually, the top teeth have to moderately cover the bottom teeth but there is a space between the top and bottom which means that when I eat I cannot use my front teeth to bite so all the energy goes to my back molar and wears it down. Unfortunately, my teeth have worn out quite a lot on my molars compared to my age.
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