Its All About The Different Orthodontic Treatments

If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, orthodontic specialists will be able to help you. Orthodontics is a combination of the Greek words orthos (meaning perfect or straight) and odous ("tooth") which are both Greek words. Orthodontic medications control the growth of teeth so that they don't become misaligned or crooked.

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For misaligned teeth, it is common to use dental appliances such as braces, headgear, and palate expanders. For more severe cases, some specialists offer jaw surgery. This involves the reconstruction of the jaw and teeth. Here are some of the most common orthodontic treatments.

Preventive Treatments

These treatments "prevent" misalignments by improving conditions for permanent tooth development.

Interceptive Treatments

This type of treatment is used by orthodontic specialists when a problem develops in the early stages. These treatments can be used to correct misalignments, but they are not applicable to patients already suffering from them. Interceptive treatment is the use of palatal expanders to correct a patient's bite to make his teeth fit better.

Comprehensive Treatments

These treatments correct a problem with alignment or bite. These treatments often require the use of braces and headgear to align teeth.

Surgical Treatments

Adults might have more trouble correcting misaligned jaws and teeth than teenagers and children. If no other treatment is available, Surgical Orthognathic Surgery (also called orthognathic surgery and corrective jaw surgery) may be the only option.