Orthodontic treatment has many benefits in both children and adults. We provide orthodontic care for patients with special needs.
A smile is the first thing you’re likely to notice when you meet someone for the first time. This shows that our teeth play an essential role not only in our general health but also in our social life. As such, it would be best if you took care of your oral health through regular orthodontic check-ups. Below we discuss the importance of orthodontic care and procedures.
Caring for Your Dental Health
Orthodontic treatment has many benefits in both children and adults. Below are more details about Orthodontic care:
- Orthodontic Care for Children – Our orthodontists advise that children have their first orthodontic treatment by seven years. This early intervention in children allows the dentist to identify any orthodontic issues early and prescribe proper treatment. Common orthodontic procedures in children involve the use of braces or retainers. These procedures should start early while the jawbone is still developing and permanent teeth have not fully formed. This is because a child’s jaw is still soft, making it easy for corrective procedures to be done faster than in adults.
- Orthodontic Care for Adults – Orthodontic treatment is also vital in adults. It’s beneficial in overbite or underbite correction. The timely correction of misaligned jaws helps treat oral health issues such as gum diseases, tooth loss, and even abnormal wear of the tooth enamel. It can also make a dramatic improvement in your smile. Common orthodontic care options in adults include braces, placing caps, and fabricating a veneer. As an adult, you should visit an orthodontist any time you have a question about your teeth’ alignment or the quality of your bite.
What Is the Best Way to Enhance Orthodontic Care?
Oral hygiene is essential during orthodontic treatment. Poor oral hygiene can cause plaque and food to accumulate around your braces, resulting in halitosis, tooth decay, gum inflammation, and permanent stains on your teeth.
To get the healthy and beautiful smile that you want, adapt the following techniques when brushing and flossing your teeth:
- Use a soft, rounded-bristle toothbrush to brush every surface of your teeth. Soft toothbrushes will protect your gum while ensuring your braces are spotless.
- On the same note, you should use fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth and eliminate any cavities.
- Additionally, floss regularly using a floss thread that’ll allow you to get dental floss underneath your archwire easily. You should also ensure you floss under the gum lines to remove any food particles that can cause gum disease.
- Contact your dentist once you notice a loose or broken bracket. A timely appointment with your dentist will facilitate a successful repair or replacement.
Orthodontics for Special Needs Patients
Developmentally disabled, special needs, and medically compromised individuals suffer from various dental problems just like everyone else! Everyone requires individual attention and dental care, from dental abscesses to throbbing pain, cavities, and gum disease. We are here to help you and your loved one here at The Dental Anesthesia Center.
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