Orthodontic dentistryQ&A
Q.1.Why is correction necessary?

Q.2.At around what age should a child start correction?

Q.3.What should we do if the child is unwilling to undergo corrective treatment?

Q.4.How long will treatment continue?

Q.5.Is the treatment painful?

Q.6.What are matters the patient must be careful about during treatment?

Q.7.Can the patient eat foods as usual?

Q.8.Will the shape of the face be changed?

Q.9.Why is it necessary to draw teeth out?


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Q.1 Why is correction necessary?

Poor occlusion of the teeth affects the shape of the chin or features of your child, and it also has an unfavorable influence on the growth and development of the entire body. Also, it may become a cause of decayed teeth or periodontal disease.Mentally, a child is liable to be concerned about his or her
mouth and its vicinity, which will cause the child to have a retiring nature.


Q.2 At around what age should a child start correction?

It depends on the degree of poor occlusion or the time the child comes to the clinic, but there is no restriction about age. Adults are also acceptable.


Q.3 What should we do if the child is unwilling to undergo corrective treatment?

Please wait until the child becomes conscious of the need for treatment and is cooperative.


Q.4 How long will treatment continue?

Before the start of treatment, it is necessary to come to the clinic three to four times for examination, diagnosis, and brushing guidance. After the beginning of treatment, and while equipment is inside the mouth, the patient must come to the clinic once a month for adjustment purposes. The period for treatment varies, depending on the state of occlusion, and the time for starting treatment, but it may be one to two years, and it sometimes needs several years.


Q.5 Is the treatment painful?

Because a tooth is moved slowly with very weak force, not much pain or discomfort is felt. When equipment is installed for the first time, however, the patient may feel the floating of teeth, a sense of incongruity, or mild pain for three to four days.


Q.6 What are matters the patient must be careful about during treatment?

- Because plaque is liable to attach to corrective equipment, when it is installed, more brushing than before will be necessary.
- Avoid food that may break the equipment.
- Observe the treatment appointment date/time.


Q.7 Can the patient eat foods as usual?

Most foods can be eaten as usual, but there are foods that require attention, and also those that cannot be eaten.
- Methods of eating require attention: Biting of apples, pears, celery, carrot, etc. (These foods should be sliced or cut thinly when eating.)
- Foods that cannot be eaten: Hard foods (hard meat, dried cuttlefish, thick rice crackers, and ice), sticky things (caramel, rice cakes, some kind of sweet potato < daigaku imo >)


Q.8 Will the shape of the face be changed?

Bad features due to abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth or reversed occlusion will be corrected, and the look of the face will be improved.


Q.9 Why is it necessary to draw teeth out?

It may become necessary for the purpose of treatment if space is too little to form correct occlusion because the chin is too small for the size of teeth, or in the case of protruding teeth or a protruding lower lip.


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