It is not just about aligning a pair of teeth because they are crooked and look ugly. The orthodontic goes further and seeks to correct bite problems, jaw or face. Although the obsession of the new times for being perfect seems to have blurred the line between the need to undergo orthodontics and the fashion to do so to be millimeter-perfect, the rise of dental orthodontics is due to advances in diagnostics and new techniques. Of treatment, as well as an increase of adults with orthodontics.
Here we explain that orthodontics pursues normalcy in the patient, but does not achieve the ideal, that is, perfection. This means that an orthodontic treatment aims to make patients obtain what is considered growth and development of their teeth and jaws within their own normality, with a “harmonic” assembly of all the pieces.
In general, Align beauty Orthodontics uses different devices in order to correct anomalies of the teeth and the jaw bones, obtaining improvements to a greater or lesser degree -depending on the problem and the characteristics of the patient- both in the function of the teeth and in the aesthetic appearance of the face, as well as the state of the gums.
As a preventive measure of any alteration, it is recommended to visit the orthodontist at 6 years of age -when the first definitive molars begin to emerge- in order to analyze whether by the time 12 years old when the final second molars erupt-everything will fit. In general, the orthodontist will review at these ages how the teeth change and the occlusion of the incisors, as well as the contact that the teeth maintain horizontally and vertically.
At this early stage, it is possible that an x-ray reveals the need to place in the children ‘space maintainers’ so that the permanent molars do not reduce the space reserved for the final teeth when the milk teeth fall or alter the relationship between them. They must keep the teeth for a correct bite or occlusion.
It is also possible to correct problems generated by abnormal habits, such as suction of the thumb, by means of a simple interceptive treatment, that is, to prevent any incipient anomalies from settling. When orthodontic measures are not applied or they do not prevent a bad bite from developing, the solution is in the corrective treatment using functional appliances, fixed or removable.