Orthodontic treatment is a branch of dentistry applied to correct crookedness and irregularities in teeth and jaws. It provides aesthetic and functional improvement by ensuring that the teeth are aligned properly and the jaws close together in harmony.

Reasons for orthodontic treatment:

  • Crooked teeth: Teeth are in different positions than they should be
  • Tooth gaps: More space between teeth than necessary
  • Jaw closing disorders: The upper and lower jaws do not close in harmony with each other
  • Missing or excess teeth: The number of teeth being more or less than normal

Methods used in orthodontic treatment:

  • Fixed appliances: These are appliances consisting of metal or transparent pieces called brackets, which are glued to the teeth.
  • Removable appliances: These are appliances that can be installed and removed by patients.
  • Transparent aligner treatment (Invisalign): It is a treatment method consisting of transparent aligners and attached to the teeth.

Duration of orthodontic treatment:

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the extent of the problem in the teeth and jaws and the method used. In simple cases, treatment can be completed within 6 months to 1 year, while in more complex cases, treatment may take up to 2-3 years.

Advantages of orthodontic treatment:

  • Aesthetic appearance: Proper alignment of teeth and harmonization of jaws with orthodontic treatment provides a great aesthetic improvement.
  • Functional recovery: Chewing and speaking functions improve with orthodontic treatment.
  • Protection against gum diseases: Regularly arranged teeth can be more easily cleaned and protected against gum diseases.
  • Increases self-confidence: Neat teeth and a beautiful smile increase a person’s self-confidence.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, it is important to consult an orthodontist dentist. The orthodontist will evaluate the condition of your teeth and jaws and determine the most appropriate treatment method for you.

Orthodontic treatment can be applied at any age. However, treatment is most effective during childhood and adolescence.

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