One modern advancement in the practice of orthodontics is the Damon bracket.
It was invented by a dentist named Dr.Damon Dwight. The Damon bracket uses
a new concept called "self-ligation." It allows the wire to slide
back and forth inside the bracket. This innovation causes less friction and
is more comfortable for the patient. Also, Damon brackets reduce the orthodontic
treatment time and number of adjustments.
Retainers are orthodontic appliances made from plastic and stainless steel
wire which is used to hold a patient’s teeth in place after their braces
are removed. The retainer holds the teeth in their new position as the surrounding
gums and bone adjust around them.
Procedure of Dental Braces Treatment
1. First Evaluation and diagnosis
o An Invisalign® Certified dentist / orthodontist evaluates and creates
a program of treatment
o X-Rays, Photographs and impressions of your
teeth are taken
2. Fitting of braces
3. Periodic checkup visits are made to adjust your braces.
Care of Dental Braces
1. Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods , because
chewing on too hard or sticky things can damage the brackets. Damaged brackets
will almost always cause treatment to take longer.
2. Teeth and brackets would need to be kept cleaned if the teeth and gums
are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment
3. Strictly follow your orthodontist directions on how often to brush, how
often to floss and the use of other cleaning aids to help maintain your optimal
What causes orthodontic problems (malocclusions)
Most malocclusions are inherited, but some are acquired. Inherited problems
include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra or missing
teeth, and a wide variety of other irregularities of the jaws, teeth and face.
Acquired malocclusions can be caused by trauma (accidents), thumb, finger
or dummy (pacifier) sucking, airway obstruction by tonsils and adenoids, dental
disease or premature loss of primary (baby) or permanent teeth. Whether inherited
or acquired, many of these problems affect not only alignment of the teeth
but also facial development and appearance as well.
At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?
Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics, because healthy teeth
can be moved at almost any age. Because monitoring growth and development
is crucial to managing some orthodontic problems well, it is recommended that
children have an orthodontic screening before the age of 7. Some orthodontic
problems may be easier to correct if treated early. Waiting until all the
permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may
make correction of some problems more difficult.
An orthodontic evaluation at any age is advisable if a parent, family dentist
or the patient's physician has noted a problem.
How do braces work?
In their entirety, braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period
of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. As the teeth move, the
bony tooth socket reabsorbs and changes shape as pressure is applied.
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