wants a beautiful & of course a healthy smile. Orthodontics
is the branch of dentistry, that achieves both by correcting irregular,
crowded or improperly placed teeth. It is the science that aims
at diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental & facial
irregularities for maintaining structural balance, for restoring
functional efficiency and for achieving aesthetic harmony. The
practice of orthodontics requires professional skill to design
& use braces (corrective appliances) to bring teeth, lips
and jaw into proper alignment. The word orthodontics is derived
from Greek words "Orthos" meaning correct, "dons"
For Orthodontic Treatment
are various reasons, why one needs to undergo orthodontic treatment.
Most important being medical illness, which follow due to difficulty
in cleaning & maintaining crooked and crowded teeth. This
may contribute to conditions, which cause not only dental caries,
but eventual gum disease & tooth loss at an early age.
most important aspect is that, the children who are having "malocclusions"
(a technical term for irregular teeth) may be subjected to ridicule
by other children, which may interfere with psychological development
of the child.
the importance of an attractive smile should no be underestimated
in this new era, which emphasizes on the best looks & designer
clothing, then why not have a "designer smile"
sounds great, isnt it? Anyway, the bottom line is pleasing
appearance which is vital asset to ones self- confidence.
A persons self-esteem often improves as treatment brings
teeth, lips and face into harmony. In this way orthodontic treatment
can be beneficial to social and career success as well improve
ones general attitude towards life and the quality of life
in occlusion before treatment(fig 1)
occlusion after treatment(fig 2)
updated on 24-04-2001