Orthodontics is no longer a specialty for children and adolescents; More and more adults are using it. There is no age limit when it comes to dental alignment, however, the most frequent ages are between 12 and 16 (at the time of the evolution of the patient’s “adult teeth”). A local qualified orthodontist should be the only person performing any type of orthodontic treatment.
What are the problems routinely associated with orthodontic treatment? There are mainly four:
- Deformations linked to, for example, a “thumb-sucking”;
- Teeth with malformations or too large in relation to the maxilla;
- The absence of certain teeth (so-called agenesis); and
- The two jaws are positioned incorrectly (relative to each other).
These problems can be associated with each other. What are the stages of an orthodontic treatment? The first stage consists of a diagnosis, from which a treatment plan is drawn up. The 2nd step is the treatment itself. This is otherwise known as the “active” treatment. The third step is to consolidate the results obtained. Before the appliance is installed, it is advisable for the practitioner to provide a correct diagnosis.
The specialist’s goal on the patient’s first visit is to give him or her all the information they need in order to make an informed decision about their orthodontic treatment. First, the dentist takes the time to do a full review and assesses the person’s needs to determine what treatment would be most appropriate. All facets of treatment are addressed:
- What equipment will the patient need to wear?
- What precautions should be taken throughout the treatment?
- How long should the treatment last?
Individuals then have the opportunity to ask the dentist any questions they may have. An initial treatment plan, with an approximation of the costs and duration of the treatment, is presented to the patient. Finally, if you are ready to start treatment, the dentist can immediately take your dental impressions and X-rays, all of which are necessary for the dentist to make a diagnostic assessment. This allows them to begin your orthodontic treatment. Treatment fees vary depending on the severity of the orthodontic problem, the duration of treatment and the type of equipment used. After studying the person’s orthodontic record and before the beginning of their treatment, he or she will be given an estimate.