What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dentistry specialty that treats abnormalities of the jaw and teeth in both children and adults. Orthodontics focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth, profile and smile. It is not only for aesthetic purposes, as orthodontists also concentrate on improving the function of the teeth and jaw by positioning them into their ideal location. Orthodontist prevent, diagnose and treat any dental or facial irregularities. To be able to develop these specific skills they undergo another few years of specialized study.
Some factors that orthodontists take into account when diagnosing the patient is whether they have;
Crowded or spaced teeth
Irregular positioned or impacted teeth
If an abnormality is left undetected and untreated, more problems can occur. Therefore early prevention is the best remedy; with the help of braces and other orthodontic procedures the orthodontist can correct any irregularities and produce not only a beautiful smile but also a perfectly balanced jaw and facial profile.