What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that is officially known as Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The purpose of orthodontics is to treat any type of malocclusion, or “bad bite”. A malocclusion is any irregularity in the correct positioning of teeth that affects the proper way that teeth of the two jaws should fit together when we close our mouth. Some examples of malocclusion are crowded teeth, overbites, deep bites or jaws that are out of alignment
Malocclusions can be caused by abnormal tooth development, jaw size restrictions, early or late loss of baby teeth, thumb sucking, accidents etc.
Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics
There are a variety of different orthodontic appliances that may be used during an orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic appliances are adjusted periodically so that the teeth are moved correctly and efficiently
The time required for orthodontic treatment varies from person to person.