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ORTHODONTICS? WHAT IS THAT? The term orthodontics comes from the Greek words ‘orthos’ meaning straight or correct and ‘dontia’ which means relating to teeth entistry has many branches and specialties. Orthodontics is the specialty which treats abnormalities of the bite and jaws in children and adults. Improvements in the appearance of the teeth, smile and face are among the cosmetic benefits derived from orthodontic treatment. An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They undergo an additional two to three years of specialised education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. This formal education is essential if you wish to adopt the title “orthodontist” and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO). Learn more about orthodontic care and orthodontic professionals on the AAO’s web site, www.braces.org. “Malocclusion” is a technical term for crooked, crowded, spaced or misaligned teeth which do not fit properly. Literally, the word means “bad bite.” MALOCCLUSIONS CAN BE INHERITED AND CAN MANIFEST AS: > Crowded or spaced teeth > Irregular positions or ectopic teeth > Extra or missing teeth > Cleft lip/palate > A myriad of jaw or facial abnormalities MALOCCLUSIONS CAN ALSO BE ACQUIRED OR CAUSED BY KNOWN FACTORS SUCH AS: > Thumb sucking > Tongue thrusting > Dental disease > Premature loss of primary teeth > Accidents and injuries > Some medical problems A malocclusion can exist without immediate or painful symptoms and a lot of people tend to adapt to the improper relationship between the jaws and the teeth to such an extent that it might be perceived as normal. The unfortunate truth is that these orthodontic problems can become worse, if left undetected and untreated. Braces and other orthodontic procedures can be used to correct malocclusions, subsequently producing a harmonious relationship between the teeth and the jaws leaving us to enjoy a healthy and attractive smile. Children and adults should visit the orthodontist for a specialised analysis of the teeth, bite and jaws because orthodontists can help prevent, diagnose and treat these irregularities. D > It is important to realise that even if you or your child don’t have symptoms, a specialist orthodontic check-up might be helpful to correct undetected problems which may become worse over time. 27 Smiles & F aces The Comprehensive Guide To Orthodontics Octagon Orthodontics www.octagonorthodontics.com AN INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODONTICS


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