Orthodontic treatment, commonly known as braces, has become quite a popular and accessible treatment for many patients in an effort to correct crooked teeth or improve their smile. Orthodontic treatment can involve the use of braces or plates or a combination of both. The best results can be achieved when children are growing in their teenage years. Braces can also often provide a better alternative for adults wanting that perfect smile. In many cases, orthodontic correction is a crucial part of the combination of treatment for those who want to improve their overall dental condition.
Beginning treatment later in life may mean longer and more complicated treatment so it is always worthwhile just inquiring about the need for orthodontic treatment when seeing the dentist. Orthodontics is the area of dentistry dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of alignment problems of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of coorective appliances such as braces, plates, headgears and functional appliances to bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment.
The key Biological principle that allows orthodontists to move teeth centers on the fact that human bone tissue, just like other parts of our bodies, contantly regenerates at a cellular level regardless of age. Teeth roots are anchored in the jaw, so the question of how quickly misaligned teeth can be 'encouraged' to move to an ideal position is governed by the rate of bone cell regeneration. Many complex and inter-related factors must be considered and understood in applying the laws of physics to human biology. Every patient is a unique human being, therefore every orthodontic treatment must also be unique.