As a dentist at Lim Dental Clinic Seremban 2, I often encounter patients who are curious about braces and orthodontics. This comprehensive guide aims to clarify common misconceptions and provide valuable information to help you make informed decisions about your oral health.
Many people wonder whether orthodontics and braces are the same thing. In reality, orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, while braces are a common orthodontic treatment method used to correct these issues.
Orthodontic treatment with braces involves using fixed or removable appliances to apply gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. This process not only improves the appearance of your smile but also promotes proper function and long-term oral health. The treatment duration depends on the complexity of the case, ranging from a few months to several years.
Before beginning orthodontic treatment, we perform a comprehensive evaluation, including:
Based on this information, we develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve the best results.
Orthodontic treatment is suitable for patients of all ages, from children as young as seven to adults well into their senior years. Early intervention can prevent more severe issues and minimize treatment time, while adult treatment can still yield significant improvements in appearance and function.
To ensure the success of your orthodontic treatment, it’s crucial to maintain proper oral hygiene and follow the dentist’s instructions for appliance care. This includes: