Dr. Shalini Gupta
What is Orthodontics or Braces Dentistry?
Updated: Mar 23
Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that helps people who have crooked or misaligned teeth. It's like a superhero for your teeth!
When your teeth are not straight, it can be hard to bite and chew your food, and it can even make it harder to speak clearly. That's where orthodontics comes in. Orthodontists are special dentists who help fix these problems by using braces.
Braces are like little metal or plastic brackets that go on your teeth, and they are connected with a wire. The orthodontist will adjust the wire and tighten it every few weeks to help move your teeth into the right position. It's kind of like a puzzle, where the orthodontist is slowly putting all the pieces in the right place.
Sometimes, the orthodontist may also use other tools like rubber bands or headgear to help move your teeth. These might look a little bit silly, but they are very important for making sure your teeth are in the right place.
Wearing braces might feel a little bit weird at first, and it can be hard to eat certain foods, but it's all worth it in the end when you have a beautiful smile with straight teeth!
Orthodontics is not just for kids - many adults also get braces or other orthodontic treatments. In fact, more and more adults are getting braces these days because they want to have a beautiful smile.
Also, there are different types of braces besides the traditional metal ones. Some people choose clear or tooth-colored braces that are less noticeable, or even invisible aligners that are made of clear plastic and can be removed for eating and brushing.
Lastly, orthodontics is not just about making your teeth look better - it can also help improve your overall oral health. When your teeth are straight and properly aligned, it's easier to keep them clean and healthy, which can prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.
So, that's what orthodontics is all about. It's like a superhero for your teeth, helping to make them straight and strong so you can eat and talk comfortably.
So, if your dentist recommends orthodontic treatment, it's definitely worth considering!