Orthodontics is a department of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disorders of the jaw and face. Today, there are many Orthodontic Treatment methods, such as metal and clear braces, invisible braces which attaches to the inside of the teeth and clear aligners.
Orthodontics, which means 'well-positioned tooth' in Greek, deals with the treatment of the disorders in the jaw and face area. However, it does not only deal with the correction of teeth, but also with the prevention and treatment of developmental disorders of face and jaw.
Who is the orthodontist?
Those who studied orthodontics for about four years in addition to five-year dentistry education gets the title of 'orthodontist'.
Is there an age limit for orthodontic treatment?
There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. However, performing some orthodontic treatments before or during the developmental stage shortens the treatment period and better results may be obtained.
How long does orthodontic treatment last?
The unevenness of teeth, lack of space, skeletal disturbances and age of a person determine the duration of treatment. Depending on the extent of the problem, it may last from 6 months to 3 years.
What is a bracket?
Bracket is a device adhered to teeth during orthodontic treatment. It has two types, transparent and metal. It can be preferred in accordance with the recommendation of your physician or your expectation.
How is the orthodontic treatment process in terms of patient comfort?
Orthodontic treatment is usually a painless treatment. Only a few days of discomfort and adaptation process take place after the treatment is started.
What is the appointment frequency in orthodontic treatment?
Routine treatment controls of orthodontic patients are performed approximately every 4-6 weeks.
Are there treatment options other than metal brackets?
Apart from metal brackets, there are the treatment options with porcelain brackets of tooth color and transparent plaques. However, although the porcelain brackets look more aesthetic, they can extend the treatment duration to 18 months which is usually 12 months with metal brackets.