The most recognized use of orthodontics is the use of braces
on teeth to straighten them. Which orthodontics means to straighten teeth.¹ It is also used in altering a person’s bite.¹ A highly unknown part of orthodontics is the dentofacial orthopedics.
This is a process that specialize in the grown of children’s mouth and jaw.² They usually work alongside of orthodontists by putting on head gear that works with the braces to fix anomalies of the face and jaw.²
What orthodontists do:¹
- Straighten crowded and crooked teeth
- Provide better health to the mouth
- Correct a patient’s bite
- Places brace and/or head gear.
- Gives a better smile
What are braces?¹
- Metal wiring and brackets that help space the teeth or correct crooked teeth.
- Two types: Permanent or removable braces.
- Can be put on as early as 8 years old to adults.
- Procedure done by an orthodontist in the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics specialty.
- Treatment takes 1 to 3 years²
- After braces retainers are needed.
Things to avoid with braces:²
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice.
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips.
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum.
- Hard foods: nuts, candy.
- Foods you have to bite into.
- Chewing on hard things.
- Vary depending on individual.
- According to Health Care Fees, the lowest price could be $4,000 and the highest price $9,000