Many Dental Institutions do Orthodontics. What is the Difference?
It’s like everybody uses iPhone to take pictures. Why are the pictures so different? The key to the success of orthodontics lies in the skills and experience of the doctor, not in the tools themselves. Even for a dentist, there is a difference between a general dentist and a specialist orthodontist.
A general dentist is similar to a family doctor (GP), holds a degree in general dentistry, and has not received specialized orthodontic training during university; while an Orthodontist is a Specialist. In Australia, on the basis of a degree in general dentistry, only the most top-notch students with at least 2 years of general dentist work experience have the opportunity to apply for an additional 3 years of specialist orthodontics training. During the training period, they will participate in a large number of complex cases. Treatment, and requires a lot of academic research. Therefore, only orthodontists have a comprehensive knowledge of dental anatomy and biology, and can make more comprehensive considerations when designing orthodontic programs.
When you are choosing and comparing orthodontic dental clinics, you may wish to ask whether the clinic has a specialist orthodontist.
Let’s talk about common orthodontic problems.
- Orthodontics just need to adjust the teeth alignment?
Answer: Of course not! Orthodontics is the first subdivision established in dentistry! Orthodontics need to consider functionality and aesthetics. In addition to being “tidy and beautiful,” teeth must also consider bite, lip function, facial balance, and the overall effect of a smile.
- Are the invisible braces effective? How long will the treatment take?
Answer: Invisalign is the originator of “invisible braces”. It is suitable for most orthodontic cases. There have been more than 5 million treatment cases worldwide, and this number is still growing at a rate of hundreds of thousands every year. Compared with traditional metal braces, Invista treatment is predictable and comfortable. Before the treatment starts, the patient can see the expected final result through the tailor-made 3D plan. The duration of treatment varies from person to person, depending on the degree of complexity, ranging from a few months to two years. Usually after only one month of treatment, you can see some changes in your teeth.
- Is there an age limit for adults to straighten their teeth?
Answer: In a person’s life, teeth are constantly moving. There is no age limit for teeth correction, as long as the gums are healthy. Correcting teeth not only makes people smile more confident, but also helps maintain long-term oral health-chewing function is improved, teeth are easier to clean, which is beneficial to the health of teeth and periodontal tissues. The oldest orthodontic patient Xiaoya has ever received is an old grandfather who is over 70. He has minor problems such as “covering the sky” and excessively large gaps between teeth. The old man has multiple artificial crowns and filled several teeth, but this does not interfere with orthodontics. After 13 months of Invisme treatment, the bite was corrected and the chewing function was significantly improved. Grandpa was very satisfied.
- Is the best time for orthodontics after the teenagers have their teeth replaced?
Answer: If your child has malocclusion or malocclusion that may affect maxillofacial development and occlusal relationship, such as “covering the sky” and functional mandibular retraction during the deciduous teeth or changing teeth, it needs to be corrected in time. It will be very difficult if they wait until their upper and lower jaws are developed and shaped before correcting their teeth.
The study found that 92% of young people believe that “wearing metal braces will become a different kind of peers”, while invisible braces can be corrected without their peers noticing it, which is of great help to young people’s self-confidence. The youngest orthodontic patient that Xiaoya has been in contact with is only 8 years old and still has deciduous teeth. The invisibility treatment program has achieved satisfactory results.
- After orthodontics, teeth will loosen. Will it be easier to lose teeth when I get older?
Answer: Quite the opposite! In fact, periodontal disease is the main cause of loose teeth and “old teeth”.
Think about it the other way around: Why do many people have not done orthodontics, but their teeth loose and fall out early? After orthodontics, the teeth are arranged neatly, which is conducive to oral cleaning and helps to keep away from periodontal disease. In some irregular treatments, patients begin orthodontics before their periodontal disease is cured, which can easily lead to loose teeth. In orthodontic treatment, the teeth will loosen slightly during the movement; but after the correction is completed, after a period of maintenance, the alveolar bone around the teeth will be reconstructed, and the teeth will become stable again as before.
Will there be rebound after orthodontics?
Answer: As mentioned earlier, teeth are constantly moving during a person’s life. After orthodontics, you need to wear the retainer according to the doctor’s instructions to stabilize the teeth in the new position. If you do this step well, you don’t have to worry about “rebound”.
- Some people say that wearing braces will have a “braces face”, what’s the matter?
Answer: Don’t worry. “Face with braces” is not a professional term. After some patients started orthodontics, they found their cheekbones protruding and cheeks sunken, which is called “braces face”. This is more common in metal braces users-reduced food intake after wearing braces leads to weight loss. In addition, reduced chewing makes the masticatory muscles atrophy and thins, prone to a “braces face” with a sunken face. The invisible braces can be removed when eating, and the masticatory muscles can be used normally, so there is very little feedback from “braces face”.
- Many clinics do invisible orthodontics, just pick the cheaper one?
Answer: Braces are just a tool. This is like taking pictures with the same camera, different photographers can take completely different results. Teeth are with you for a lifetime, and most people will have one chance to orthodontize in their lifetime. Doing it well once will benefit the whole life; if it is not done well, the second correction and sequelae will bring more pain to the patient.
On the surface of some patients, the crowns seem to be “aligned”, but they have problems such as disordered tooth roots, correcting “disordered buck teeth” into “tidy buck teeth”, malocclusion, and even temporal joint disorders. Some patients who are not satisfied with the results of the first orthodontic treatment find Xiaoya to do a second repair for them. Therefore, it is important to choose a reliable doctor from the start.
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