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OrthodonticsMrs. Coy - DNT 100Group 4
The dental field consists of several different specialties, one of which is orthodontics. According to Colgate, orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that is responsible for straightening teeth and correcting jaws that are not positioned the way that they are supposed to be. Not every patient is a great candidate for braces, and there are so many different decisions to make during this treatment. Luckily, Orthodontics has a long history that has matured the specialty into what it is today. Becoming an orthodontist requires an extensive amount of education, but there are several other careers available in the field, which include a wide range of salaries. Factors that make a patient a good candidate for orthodontics include crowding of teeth, too much space in between teeth, overbites, under bites, and other issues along those lines (Colgate). Using braces can boost confidence levels by providing a more symmetric smile, but they are not only for aesthetic purposes. If a person avoids orthodontics treatment, they may increase their chances of gum disease, tooth decay, headaches, and speaking issues. If a person isconfused about whether or not he or she would be a good candidate for orthodontics, they shouldconsult their dentist, and potentially receive a referral to an orthodontics office. Braces are the most common appliance in orthodontics. They consist of metal wires and brackets that put slight pressure on teeth to improve crowding or spaces. The brackets come in several different colors that are changed at every visit. The patient picks the color, which allows him or her to be involved in the procedure, and also gives them something to look forward to at their next appointment. Aligners are also very popular appliances in an orthodontics office, especially for adults. Aligners are clear and also put slight pressure on the teeth to enhance movement. Aligners must be removed when the patient is eating, brushing, or flossing (Colgate). There are several other types of appliances that are can be used, but usage depends on the patient’s condition and the steps necessary to achieve the desired finished product.
People have been struggling with misaligned teeth for as far back as we can tell.Archaeologists have found mummies dating back 50,000 years who had catgut tied around his orher teeth in hopes to apply enough pressure to move the teeth (Colgate). Aulis Cornelius Celsus, an ancient Roman medical writer, was the first to document applying finger pressure to straighten teeth back in 50 AD (Johnson).