Dr Imran Saleem Qureshi Dr Uzma Ijaz
BDS , C.Orthodontics BDS, FCPS (res)
Dr Awais Durrani Dr. Amna Rasheed
BDS, FCPSR(Orthodontics) BDS
Dr Ammar Pasha Siddiqui
ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT: AESTHETICS OR FUNCTION?
Orthodontic treatment is an excellent way to straighten crooked teeth. It has a dual action; restoration of function and improvement of aesthetics resulting in a healthy smile. Despite a growing trend towards adult orthodontics, it pays to start orthodontic treatment early so that the specific condition can be dealt with more efficiently and produce excellent results.
An orthodontic evaluation is carried out by the following:
1 Clinical examination
2 Intraoral and extraoral photographs plus study models
3 Panoramic and cephalometric radiographs
4 Impressions for the models of teeth and bite( i.e occlusion)
The results of the complete evaluation will be studied thoroughly by the dentist and an individual treatment plan is formulated to provide the best aesthetics and function.
During the next visit, the dentist will discuss the treatment plan with you or the parent/guardian in case of a child. The estimate of how many months will be required to complete the active phase will be discussed. The standard treatment phase comprises of two years. Following treatment, you may be required to wear a retainer for a period of time.
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies: it varies with a variety of factors such as age, severity of malocclusion and compliance which means that how well the patient follows the treatment plan For example younger persons respond more quickly to orthodontic treatment because bones supporting young teeth are more pliable as compared to those supporting older teeth. However, adults follow treatment instructions more consistently than pre-teens.