What is the definition of orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also known as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the identification, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
What specifically is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental expert with two to three years of additional training and experience (Dr. Nizam had 3 years of additional training at a Canadian School) . Your orthodontist can straighten your teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and enhance the appearance of your smile.
When is the best time to visit an orthodontist?
You may see an orthodontist at any age if you want to improve the look and feel of your smile. Although the American and Canadian Association of Orthodontists and Pediatrics recommends that children consult an orthodontist around the age of seven, orthodontic treatment is not confined to children and teens.
One in every five orthodontic patients is beyond the age of 35. Seeing an orthodontist at any age, whether for yourself or a child, is a good idea.
What are braces, exactly?
Orthodontists employ a range of equipment to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
- Visible braces
- Ceramic bracelets
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
Because each smile responds differently to treatment, the amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the patient. Treatment durations may vary from six to thirty months, with most treatments lasting around 14-16 months.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities such as sports, music, or singing?
While playing an instrument or participating in a contact sport may need some adjustment when you first get your braces, braces will not hinder you from participating in any of your school activities. Wear a mouthguard if you engage in a contact sport to safeguard your braces or appliance.