Types of Orthodontics Treatments that You Should Know

Updated on September 14, 2023

Dental issues is one of the major issue affecting many people in the whole world. Fortunately, your dental problems, such as improper bites, crowding, spacing, etc., can be solved through orthodontics treatment. Orthodontics focuses on rectifying the issues and enhancing your entire look. If you’re considering undergoing orthodontics treatment, you should know the various types of orthodontic treatments.

Here are the types of orthodontics treatment that you should know.

1. Retainers

Retainers are different from other appliances, and they don’t move your teeth. They are put in place to prevent your teeth from moving after the braces are removed. There are two types of retainers, removable and fixed retainers. Fixed are attached at the back of your teeth with dental bonding. They are great for children who are unlikely to keep up with removable retainers.  

2. Braces

The primary reason you might visit the orthodontist is to get braces for straighter teeth. Braces are fixed appliances that push and pull your teeth into a great position over time. Braces are ideal where much space is required or for aggressive movements.

Also, braces complete orthodontic space closure after your teeth have been extracted. Moreover, braces help create space and widen the palate to rectify growth problems in young children. 

There are several advantages of adult braces. Adult braces can significantly improve your smile and boost your self-confidence. They are also beneficial for your overall oral health, as they align your teeth properly, making them easier to clean and reducing the risk of dental issues. Many adults opt for discreet options like clear aligners, which are less noticeable than traditional braces, making the process convenient and less intrusive for daily life

3. Headgear

Headgear is a removable appliance with a strap around the back of your head that has a metal wire in front. Headgears are an ideal orthodontic treatment for jaw alignment and growth. Also, they prevent overbites that result from unequal jaw development.

4. Clear aligners

Clear aligners are removable while drinking or eating and assist in straightening your teeth. Also, clear aligners are unnoticeable, ideal orthodontic treatment options.

5. Mini-implants

Dental implants replace the removed teeth in your mouth. But the process of placing mini-implants is less invasive than placing dental implants. Mini-implants are smaller but are great for supporting your mouth. Since they are smaller, orthodontists use a one-piece screen less than 3mm thick while placing mini-implants.

6. Jaw surgery

Jaw surgery is your ideal orthodontic treatment option if your problem causes dysfunction, pain, or excessive wear. An orthodontist may perform jaw surgery if you have chronic jaw pain, difficulty swallowing or eating, or incorrect facial symmetry. Jaw surgery prevents further problems or alleviates your current teeth situation.

7. Space maintainers

Space maintainers are ideal if a baby loses teeth at an early age. The purpose of space maintainers is to keep open space between the baby teeth for adult teeth to grow. Also, space maintainers prevent shifting resulting in crowded adult teeth.

8. Lip bumpers

Lip bumpers help to maintain the space between the lips and teeth to minimize pressure. Also, they hold back your molar tooth in place to lengthen your jaw arch. Importantly, lips bumpers prevent damage to the inside of your lips or cheeks. The bumpers are ideal for baby teeth as they are part of the proper jaw and palate growth.

Final thoughts

Orthodontic treatment offers numerous benefits. There are different types of orthodontic treatment, and it’s best to choose what suits you best. Therefore, consult an orthodontist to determine the most suitable treatment option.

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