Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to correct misaligned teeth and jaws, which can improve the patient’s bite, appearance, and overall oral health.

Orthodontic treatment can include the use of traditional metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners (such as Invisalign). These devices apply gentle pressure to the teeth over time to move them into the correct position.

Orthodontic treatment can benefit people of all ages, from children to adults. Early treatment, also known as interceptive treatment, can address problems while the jaw is still developing and make future treatment easier and more effective. In addition to improving the patient’s smile, orthodontic treatment can also help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and difficulty in biting and chewing.

Orthodontics is an essential part of healthcare as it can help to prevent future dental problems and improve self-esteem, confidence, and overall oral health.

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