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Orthodontist: who he is and what he does for children and adults

by Chiara Mastroleo

MC20 is your trusted orthodontist, the one to go to treat crooked teeth and have the best smile. Orthodontics comes from the Greek ortho (right, correct) and dons (tooth). In fact, in addition to the aesthetic factor, orthodontics allows for good occlusion and efficient functioning of the temporomandibular joint, as well as improving the external appearance of the face.

If children are brought to the orthodontist dentist for functional reasons, more and more adults are resorting to aesthetic orthodontics, with valid alternatives to metal brackets and the use of light-colored ceramic brackets or white metal arches or, again, the invisible Invisalign appliance.

What are the types of appliances?

Traditionally, orthodontists divide braces into mobile and fixed.

In the case of the mobile orthodontic appliance, the patient can remove and reinsert it, and it is used for smaller patients, when it is necessary to direct the growth of the bone bases or in the presence of deciduous and mixed dentition and fixed appliances cannot be used.

Unlike the mobile dental appliance, the fixed orthodontic appliance is made of bands and brackets in metal or ceramic that are glued to the permanent teeth and connected with metal wires. This appliance remains in place until the moving of the teeth into the correct position is completed.

When to take the child to the orthodontist?

The MC20 dentist recommends taking the child to the orthodontist around 4 years old when interceptive orthodontics can be used, even if the ideal age of the little patient is 6-7 years. At this age, the dentist can plan an orthodontic treatment that sees the child’s active collaboration.

When to do orthodontic treatment in adults?

More and more adults are choosing to go to the orthodontist even at the age of 40 to have healthy and aligned teeth, and today 40% of the patients in orthodontic studies are adults. Few people know that teeth can move at any age, that orthodontic treatment is compatible with the adult lifestyle, and that, just like in children, orthodontics contributes to the rejuvenation of the face and lips.

In addition to this, those who want to avoid the psychological discomfort of wearing braces can ask MC20 to use completely invisible braces, the Invisalign.

What is meant by lingual orthodontics

In addition to the traditional fixed and mobile braces, more and more dentists are resorting to lingual orthodontics, which allows hiding brackets of orthodontics. It is certainly an alternative and more expensive therapy, which presents discomfort as the internal brackets are cumbersome for the tongue and come off more easily as well as requiring more time for teeth alignment. For this reason, the lingual orthodontic technique is now replaced by the use of transparent masks.

Orthodontist: not just aesthetics

Why does the person have to worry about crooked teeth and bad occlusion? The reason is simple: in addition to the aesthetic factor, in the presence of crooked teeth, the dentist has difficulty in making fillings, dental crowns, and dental bridges.

In general, teeth aligned and well placed on the bone are healthier and easier to clean, but there is more. The severe forms of malocclusion of the dental arches are connected to headaches and pathologies of the spinal column.

For this reason, in the presence of crooked teeth, it is important to contact the MC20 orthodontists promptly, remembering that a smile with harmonious teeth is also the best expression of a state of health and well-being. Contact us to book an appointment!

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