Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that is interested in diagnosis, prevention, stoppage and treatment of orthopedic and orthodontic problems in skeleton structures in teeth and head-neck area. Although orthodontic treatment is commonly known as only the correction of crowding teeth, it also plays an important role in skeletal problems, cleft palate or lip, sleep apnea (OSAS), etc. problems. It is also extremely important for eliminating bad habits in children such as biting lips or thumb sucking enabling the preventing of possible problems that might occur in skeletal structure of the maxilla if goes untreated.
Things to be considered during orthodontic treatment
- All caries should be treated in mouth before starting orthodontic treatment and gingiva problems should be eliminated.
- Maximum care should be demonstrated for oral hygiene during treatment. The brackets that are used for fixed treatments are very suitable for the bacteria plaque and food to cling. For this reason, brackets and braces should be brushed with orthodontic toothbrush very carefully after each meal. We would like to bring your attention to the fact that brackets don’t cause caries; however it is inevitable that caries and gingival problems are encountered if oral hygiene is not considered during treatment.
- Orthodontic treatment is a long term treatment and requires regular controls. The individual should be willing in this respect and shouldn’t skip the dentist controls. In case of fracture or breakage in braces or brackets, treatment will be negatively affected. For this reason, you should consult your dentist without losing time.