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What is Orthodontics?
An Orthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed an additional two or three years of full-time education to specialize in the assessment, prevention and correction of irregularities in tooth and jaw relationships.

Why Orthodontics?
A pretty smile is not the only reason to consider orthodontic treatment, nor is treatment just for children or teenagers. In fact, 25% of orthodontic treatment is performed on adults. It is never too late to improve oral health. Gently moving teeth into proper alignment can correct almost any condition that causes an improper bite. There are several advantages to having properly aligned teeth:

  1. Chewing is more efficient – thus enhancing digestion.
  2. They should last a lifetime, whereas teeth which do not meet properly when chewing are very likely to be lost prematurely due to lack of exercise.
  3. They promote healthy gums and surrounding bone.
  4. You have a more pleasant smile


Treatment

The length of treatment depends on the severity of the condition and the commitment of the patient to wearing the prescribed appliances. The result will last a lifetime and will greatly enhance dental health as well as improve appearance. An orthodontists treats the following common problems:

  1. Upper Teeth Protrusion: Due to either upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending forward enough.
  2. Overbite: The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite in the roof of the mouth.
  3. Cross bite: The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.
  4. Open bite: Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. This type of bite can cause speech problems.
  5. Crowding: Occurs when there is insufficient space for teeth to erupt. There are many ways to correct crowding; expansion of the dental arches is one of them. Extraction of primary o pemanent teeth is sometimes undertaken, however Dr. Osman keeps extraction as the last resort to correct severe crowding.
  6. Spacing: Often occurs when teeth are too small or when teeth are missing.


To get a better understanding of the impact of the right orthodontic treatment you can watch the following teeth movies (click on image):

 

movie crossbite movie overbite movie spacing movie protrusion

crossbite
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overbite
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spacing
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upper teeth protrusion
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