Also known as: orthodontia, orthodontic appliances.

What are orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that involves correcting improperly positioned teeth and/or jaws. Orthodontic procedures involve the use of specific appliances or devices that are used to fix these issues.

What happens during the procedure?

The exact nature of the procedure can vary widely from person to person. It might involve the placement of braces, fitting and installation of appliances or retainers in order to straighten teeth, and/or correct skeletal discrepancies.

Is any special preparation needed?

Specific preparation will vary based on the exact nature of the procedure. Most orthodontic procedures do not require any special preparation by the patient. However, multiple appointments may be needed to ensure a good fit of the orthodontic appliance.

What are the risk factors?

Some temporary discomfort is possible with the use of certain orthodontic appliances. There is also the possibility that the treatment is unsuccessful due to poor patient compliance and/or abnormal growth patterns. Furthermore, white spot lesions may develop in cases of inadequate oral hygiene.

Reviewed by: Carmen E. Briceno Crespi, D.M.D.

This page was last updated on: June 24, 2021 03:53 PM

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