Orthodontics ve Lingual Orthodontics

Years ago, orthodontic treatments were used only for pre-teens and teens having problems with their bite (malocclusion). Today, orthodontic treatments like dental braces are not only for pre-teens and teens, but for adults as well.

Close to 30 percent of all orthodontic patients in the world are adults. Despite this growing trend towards adult orthodontics, it pays to start orthodontic treatment early for maximum effectiveness. The American Dental Association recommends that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven.

Since malocclusion may interfere with eating and speaking, it is usually considered a restorative issue. Although, because a malocclusion may prevent the development of a beautiful, well-aligned smile or facial jaw lines, it may also be classified as an esthetic issue and categorized as cosmetic dentistry.

No matter what your age, orthodontics can protect your bite (occlusion), maximize your teeth's effectiveness in performing their functions and create a well-aligned smile. Today’s orthodontics involves repositioning of the teeth and underlying roots, providing better support for the crown of the tooth. Orthodontic treatment is now associated with the benefits of greater esthetic appeal, increased comfort and reduced treatment time.

Orthodontic treatment can also rejuvenate your facial appearance by reshaping the jaw, neck and lips, especially when combined with maxillofacial surgical procedures. In addition, well-aligned teeth make oral hygiene easier to maintain.

Orthodontia deals with preventing, improving or eliminating defects in the chewing system of the teeth, in both children and adults, by maintaining the chewing organs and the facial profile in the most correct position possible, or by restoring them to that position. Treatment is designed to meet the patient's personal needs and clinical picture with careful diagnosis and subsequent preparation of a treatment plan.

Lingual Orthodontics

This treatment involves application of orthodontic braces on the lingual side of the teeth; that is, on the inner side facing the tongue, so that the braces cannot be seen when the patient smiles. The technique is customized and is undergoing constant development in terms of type of braces used and methods of treatment leading to a better result in a shorter time. It is used to resolve minor crowding and relieve craniomandibular disorders, since the symptoms are mild and temporary. There are no age limits, and results are guaranteed.

Lingual orthodontics can treat orthodontic problems mainly in adults. Lingual orthodontics is the technique which positions braces on the lingual surface of teeth. Lingual surface of teeth is the surface which faces the tongue and as a result this kind of Orthodontics is invisible and no one can see it.

This method was developed in 1970's at University of UCLA. It aimed in adults who seeked orthodontic treatment but didn't want to wear conventional braces and be visible. This technique is now widely used by orthodontists who are specialised in lingual orthodontics.

The bonding of lingual orthodontic braces is different than the one for conventional braces and is done in cooperation with specialized labs abroad.

Lingual orthodontics is indicated for adult cases and certain teenager cases. Almost all orthodontic problems can be treated with lingual orthodontics. Lingual orthodontics have both advantages and disadvantages like any other technique.

The main advantage of lingual orthodontics is that they are not visible when compared to conventional braces. Another advantage is that treatment with lingual orthodontics can be beneficial in patients who have problems with temporomandibular joint besides orthodontic problems.

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