The treatment of orthodontic abnormalities - Orthodontics
The treatment of orthodontic abnormalities
The time at which treatment is started depends on the following factors:
- The tooth age: how far is the child to change;
- The biological age: when correction of jaw position abnormalities must be started at the start of the growth spurt to be able to use the accelerated growth;
- Psychological and social factors: primary school braces are still relatively easy to wear. This is more difficult in high school.
The starting age for orthodontic treatment is on average around 11 years.
Orthodontic treatment can also be started in adulthood. The orthodontic treatment of dental position abnormalities is possible in adults, but lasts longer than in children. Jaw position abnormalities can only be solved with braces for those who are still growing. In adults, abnormalities in the position of the jaws can only be surgically corrected.
After orthodontic treatment, the tooth position achieved must be retained for some time because teeth and molars tend to slide back to their old position. We call this phenomenon relapse. The retention of the end result (retention) is usually done with a wire splint combined with a removable plate, which must be worn overnight.