Orthodontic Treatments

1. What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a type of dental treatment that is used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to create a balanced, healthy bite and a symmetrical, attractive smile.

There are several different types of orthodontic treatment available, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, and removable appliances such as aligners. The type of treatment that is recommended for a patient will depend on the individual’s specific needs and the severity of their misalignment.

During orthodontic treatment, the dentist or orthodontist will use a variety of tools and techniques to gradually move the teeth into their proper position. This process may take several months or even a few years to complete, depending on the individual case. Once treatment is completed, patients may need to wear a retainer to help maintain the new position of the teeth.

Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teenagers, more and more adults are seeking out orthodontic treatment to correct problems they have been living with or to improve their smiles, it’s important to note that orthodontic treatment can not only improve the appearance of teeth but also improve the overall oral health and function.

2. What is the difference between traditional braces and clear braces?

Traditional metal braces use metal brackets and wires to move the teeth, while clear braces use clear plastic aligners that are custom-molded to fit the patient’s teeth. Clear braces are less visible than traditional braces, but they may not be suitable for all types of misalignment.

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3. How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The length of orthodontic treatment can vary depending on the severity of the misalignment and the type of treatment used. Some cases may be completed in as little as six months, while others may take two years or longer. Your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate estimate based on your individual case.

4. How often do I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

You will typically need to visit the orthodontist every four to eight weeks during treatment. These appointments are used to check the progress of the treatment and to make any necessary adjustments to the braces or aligners.

5. Will orthodontic treatment be painful?

Some patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness during the first few days after getting braces or aligners, or after adjustments are made. Over-the-counter pain relievers can usually alleviate this discomfort.

6. Will I have to change my diet during treatment?

You will need to avoid certain hard, chewy, or sticky foods that can damage the braces or aligners. Your orthodontist will give you a list of foods to avoid.

7. Can orthodontic treatment be combined with other types of dental treatment?

Yes, orthodontic treatment can be combined with other types of dental treatment, such as periodontal treatment, tooth extraction, or even dental implant placement. Your orthodontist will work with your general dentist to create a treatment plan that addresses all of your dental needs.

It is important to note that orthodontic treatment is not just for cosmetic reasons, but also to improve overall oral health, function, and prevent future problems. Consult with your orthodontist for your case.

8. What are the types of orthodontic treatment?

There are several types of orthodontic treatment available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The most common types include:

Traditional Metal Braces: These are the most familiar type of braces, which use metal brackets and wires to move the teeth. They are the most effective option for correcting severe misalignment but the metal brackets can be visible and can cause discomfort.

Clear Braces: These are similar to traditional metal braces, but the brackets are made of clear plastic or ceramic, which makes them less visible. They are suitable for moderate to severe misalignment cases, but they are generally more expensive than traditional metal braces.

Lingual Braces: These are similar to traditional metal braces, but the brackets and wires are placed on the back of the teeth, making them almost invisible. They are suitable for all types of misalignment but can be more difficult to clean and may cause more discomfort than traditional braces.

Clear Aligners: These are clear plastic trays that are custom-molded to fit the patient’s teeth. They are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, but they may not be as effective for severe misalignment cases, and need to be worn 20-22 hours per day. The most well-known brand is Invisalign.

Self-Ligating Braces: A type of traditional metal braces, use a special clip instead of elastic bands to hold the wire in place. This can lead to faster treatment times and fewer office visits.

Removable Appliances: These are devices that can be removed by the patient, such as clear aligners, dentofacial orthopedic appliances like headgear and expanders, and functional appliances like the Twin-block. These appliances can be used to address specific orthodontic issues and can be used in combination with other types of treatment.

9. Do orthodontic treatments negatively affect daily life?

Orthodontic treatment can have some impact on a patient’s daily life, but the extent of that impact will depend on the type of treatment being used and the individual patient’s needs and preferences.

Traditional metal braces and lingual braces can be uncomfortable to wear, especially during the first few weeks after they are put on, and they can make eating certain foods more difficult. Clear aligners may not be as uncomfortable as the metal or lingual braces but they will require the patient to wear them for 20-22 hours per day, so they will be less comfortable than having no braces at all.

It’s important to note that in general, orthodontic treatment will require some lifestyle adjustments, as certain foods (such as chewy or sticky foods) will need to be avoided. And also, it can be difficult to keep the brackets and wires clean, especially for metal and lingual braces, but good oral hygiene habits can minimize any negative impact on the daily life.

It’s also important to be aware that the treatment may require frequent appointments with the orthodontist in order to adjust the braces or aligners, which can be time-consuming and potentially disruptive to one’s schedule.

On the other hand, the benefits of orthodontic treatment can have a significant positive impact on a patient’s daily life, by improving their self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as improving the overall oral health, function, and preventing future problems.

In summary, the negative impacts are usually temporary and manageable, most patients find that the benefits of treatment outweigh any temporary discomfort or inconvenience. It’s worth to consult with your orthodontist and discuss any concerns you may have about the treatment and how it might affect your daily life.

10. Can we have orthodontic treatments in Turkey?

Yes, you can receive orthodontic treatment in Turkey. Turkey is a popular destination for medical tourism, and many people travel there for various types of medical procedures, including orthodontic treatment.

There are many dental clinics and hospitals in Turkey that offer orthodontic treatment. These facilities generally have experienced and well-trained orthodontists, and many use the latest technologies and equipment to provide high-quality treatment. Some clinics may specialize in certain types of orthodontic treatment, such as clear aligners or lingual braces.

One of the main advantages of receiving orthodontic treatment in Turkey is the cost. The cost of treatment is generally lower in Turkey than in many other countries, especially in the Western countries, which can make it a more affordable option for many people. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the cost of treatment can vary depending on the specific case, the type of treatment, the location and the clinic.

11. What are the advantages and disadvantages of orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment, which is also known as braces, is a type of dental treatment that is used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. There are several advantages and disadvantages of orthodontic treatment that are worth considering.


Improved Oral Health: Straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain, which can lead to better overall oral health.

Improved Appearance: Straight teeth can greatly improve the appearance of a person’s smile, which can boost self-esteem and confidence.

Improved Function: Straight teeth can improve the function of the bite, making it easier to chew and speak.

Prevent future dental problems : Orthodontic treatment can prevent future dental problems by ensuring that teeth are properly aligned, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues.




Time-consuming: Orthodontic treatment can take several months or even years to complete, depending on the complexity of the case.

Cost: Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, and may not be covered by insurance.

Discomfort: Braces can cause discomfort, including soreness of the gums and lips, as well as pressure on the teeth.

Food restrictions: People with braces need to be careful about what they eat, as certain foods can damage or break the braces.

Needs adherence: The treatment need patients to be very adherence for regular checkup and appointments

In conclusion, orthodontic treatment can greatly improve the appearance, function, and overall oral health of a person’s teeth and jaws. However, it can also be time-consuming, expensive, and uncomfortable, and may require some lifestyle adjustments.


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