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Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that aims to ensure that teeth rest correctly on the jawbones as well as diagnosing and treating structural flaws in the face.

Why do orthodontic flaws occur?


  • Genetic factors
  • Anomalies of birth (i.e. cleft lip and palate)
  • Flawed functions (i.e. breathing through the mouth)
  • Bad habits (thumbsucking, long-term breast feeding)
  • Premature loss of baby teeth due to decay
  • Trauma such as falls or collisions
When should orthodontic treatment take place?

Orthodontic treatment can be performed at any age. However, if problems are present involving the jaws, it is necessary for examination to take place around the ages of 10-12 before the growth-development phase is complete.

What should I know about orthodontic treatment?


  • Braces can cause food remnants to build up, so it is very important to practice good oral hygiene. Patients should use soft toothbrushes that will not cause damage to braces such as ones produced especially for orthodontics. We also recommend using dental floss and mouthwash.
  • We recommend cutting hard foods into smaller pieces so that they will not break or detach brackets.
  • Shelled or hard snacks can cause breakage, while sticky ones such as caramel or chewing gum can stick to braces, leading to decay and/or breakage. We recommend avoiding these kinds of food.

Just as braces can be made of either metal or porcelain, tooth-colored braces are aesthetically pleasing and do not cause discomfort.

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