Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the development, prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaws. Advancements in orthodontic technology have resulted in alignment options that are more aesthetically pleasing, which has opened the door for more adults to seek orthodontic treatment. In fact, one out of five orthodontic patients today is an adult. Although, orthodontic treatment should be started early for maximum effectiveness. It is recommended that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Procedures for orthodontics can be for a functional purpose or cosmetic.
- A functional purpose would be possibly correcting a bite, whereas a cosmetic procedure may be misalignment.
- Titanium implants, which may be anchored in the bone on the side of the mouth and palate to control shifting front teeth back and allowing space, is one procedure.
- Another common orthodontic treatment is a removable appliance such as a retainer or a series of clear aligners.
- A patient who wears braces may have magnets attached to them to help lift and reposition underlying molars.
- Less common orthodontic treatments could include expansion appliances and elastic bands.