Orthodontics treatments vary in every individual but every child, even if there are no orthodontic problems, should be taken in for a panoramic x-ray check during the ages from 7 to 8!
Every patient, in any age group but different from each other are able to be treated. In adult orthodontics, treatment plans and used mechanics may vary but orthodontic treatment is possible at any age. Orthodontic deformities in adults may also need surgical intervention as well as regular orthodontic treatments.
Orthodontic Treatment Period
The treatment period may vary according to the procedure that will be taken out, the status of the patient, age and the size of the problem present. The treatments can be between 1 to 2 months or up to 2 and half years, although it has been observed that most treatments take approximately 1 or 2 years.
With moving devices single or multiple teeth movements are observed to be treated in 6 to 9 months. Anomalies which do not affect the skeletal structure but only affect the teeth are treated between the period of 1-1 and half years with stable devices.
Treatments performed by these types of stable devices (brackets), may vary in time according to materials used (metal, ceramic, closed brackets, lingual treatment etc.).
Skeletal anomalies may take longer to treat. The individual’s cooperation and biological response to the treatment also affects the time of treatment.
What are Reinforcement Treatment and How Long Does it Take?
After active orthodontic treatment, once the teeth and jaw is in the desired position, to prevent the teeth and jaw returning to their previous state prior to the treatment, the passive treatment, reinforcement treatment, is performed. Moving and stable devices are used to keep the teeth in their straightened position.
The device which will be used during to process of the reinforcement treatment will vary according to the orthodontic anomaly and the period of active orthodontic treatment.
Patients who request orthodontic treatment vastly come due to their appearance and to make their smile better. Although, orthodontic problems also affect our dental health too.
- aids in the individual to bite, chew and speak,
- aids in the health of an individual’s dental and gingival health as, an individual with crooked teeth are more susceptible to decays and gingival diseases,
- treatment of jaw joint problems such as open closing, deep closing and cross closing are also aspect orthodontics aids in.
When should an Orthodontic Check be done?
In children and adolescents the aim is to guide their jaw and dental growth. This is the reason why the first orthodontic visit should be made when the deciduous teeth are close to be shed and when the permanent teeth are coming through between the ages of 6 to 7, this way some orthodontic procedures can be done during the last period of the deciduous teeth. These treatments can be done with moving devices or by aiming the movements of specific teeth which the treatment period takes approximately 6 to 9 months.
If the problem is especially jaw related, early intervention (especially adolescent period) makes treatment easier. The treatment of skeletal anomalies may take longer to treat due to the fact that bone growth is incorporated into the treatment.
Bad habits such as; thumb sucking and abnormal swallowing are factors which may cause problmes so various active and stabe devices may be used to make room for erupting teeth during teething (7 to 11 years of age).