Orthodontics is a scientific branch of dentistry focusing on oral-facial realignment.
What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
This aesthetic practice is indispensable because teeth and jaw disposition might cause serious physical and mental health problems. As far as physical health is concerned, crooked teeth or teeth gap leads to lack of hygiene, then may be under the threat of being lost early for tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Besides, overbites, underbites, crossbite or overcrowding teeth place excessive stress on facial muscles which is detrimental to brains, neck, shoulder and back. Concerning mental health, disproportionate teeth and jaw structure lessens your beauty and confidence.
In general, orthodontics upgrades your oral health and facial appearance.
Who can be certified as an orthodontist?
Beyond four years at dental school, a specialist extends their higher education for 2-3 more years of studying dental realignment at an authentic orthodontic association.
What are orthodontic techniques?
There are non-invasive and invasive surgeries to enhance your oral-facial appearance. For not so serious cases, various fixed or removable appliances are installed to adjust teeth positions, retrain muscles and modify the growth of jaws. Their working operation regime is to put stress on teeth and jaws to force them into one specific position. Each patient will match different orthodontic appliances depending on realignment levels.
Removeable orthodontic instruments
- Removeble retainers: placed on the roof of the mouth in order to reduce teeth movement or thumb sucking
- Palatal expander: it is designed with a plastic plate attached over the roof of the mouth to broaden the arch of the upper jaw.
- Lip and cheek bumpers: They contribute to seperating lips or cheeks from teeth to reduce pressure placed on teeth by lip or cheek muscles.
- Jaw repositioning appliances: top or lower jaws are where they are placed so that your jaws can get accustomed to a specific desired position.
- Removable space maintainers: As their name, they is useful in keeping a gap between teeth stay fixed.
- Aligners: they are a version to classic braces but need no metal wires and brackets. Visibility is almost zero. You can freely take them off for meals or cleaning.
Fixed orthodontic instruments
- Fixed space maintainers: They are useful for premature tooth loss. They help to fix the open space until a permanent tooth rises up.
- Special fixed appliances: bands are used to keep this instrument stick to teeth. This appliance helps you to refrain from suckiing thumbs or thrusting tongues.
- Braces: the most popular fixed orthodontic instruments comprised of bands, wires and/or brackets to fix malocclusions or bad bites
Who should visit orthodontists ?
Everyone should visit dentists frequently for regular dental check-ups, but there is no need for everyone to visit orthodontists. That you do or don’t need orthodontic treatment is only decided by dental specialists. To give the last diagnose, you have to experience meticulous clinical check-ups with state-of-the-art devices. Dental specialists will study your full medical and dental history, do clinical examination, create plaster models of your teeth, and take X-rays photographs. Then if necessary, you will be recommended to receive orthodontic treatment. A specific treatment diagram will designed to suit up your own teeth realignment.
It is recommended to visit orthodontic clinics for the teeth flaws or malocclusions as listed below:
Overcrowding teeth: Teeth density is greater than the dental ridge
Teeth gaps: There are spaces between teeth for missing teeth
Overbite (buck teeth): the upper front teeth ridge stretches out too far over the lower one
Underbite (bulldog): the lower teeth ridge lies too far forward or the upper one stretches too far back
Openbite: It creates space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together
Crossbite: There is no fitting between the upper teeth and the lower ones when biting together normally.
Dispositioned midline: There is no parallel between the center of the upper front teeth and the one of the lower front teeth.
Above is some professional information about orthodontics. Be equipped yourself with that knowledge and decide whether you should visit an orthodontist for clinical check-up. It is noteworthy that not every orthodontist possesses enough skills, experience and qualifications to give precise diagnoses and offer the best service of dental irregularity correction. Therefore, it is suggested that you should put your trust on authentic orthodontists certified by accredited famous organizations. One of the outstanding orthodontic groups is AAO, an abbreviation of the American Association of Orthodontists.
AAO was established in 1900 and has become the world’s most longstanding and biggest dental specialty organization. To date, orthodontists members of the AAO has mounted up to over 18,000 people throughout the United States, Canada and many other countries. The group targets motivating and funding key dental research to improve each member’s qualification. Furthermore, it focuses on raising people’s awareness of orthodontic treatment importance.
In brief, to save time to look for the best orthodontists, you can refer to orthdontists that has been accredited by AAO or other orthodontist-certificating organizations.
In Vietnam, not many dentists can be called orthodontists and few orthodontists belong to an accredited orthodontic association. Some of the Vietnamese leading orthodontists are Dr.Pham Van Viet-Former Dean of Oral maxillofacial department at Vietnam Soviet Friendship Hospital/Former Deputy Dean of oral maxillofacial department at Hanoi medical university and Dr. Pham Hong Duc-A member of WFO (World Federation of Orthodontists) and AAO (American Association of Orthodontists). They two do orthodontic practice at Thuy Duc Clinic at 64 Phố Vọng, Phương Mai, Đống Đa, Hà Nội.
The clinic is frequently visited by Hanoi people and residents from other Vietnam’s regions for these two distinguished dental specialists and well-set-up advanced facilities. All teeth irregularities or jaw misalignment cases are improved to a great extent with the treatment offered in Thuy Duc Clinic.
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