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Orthodontics

Our certified Orthodontic Specialist whose excellence in her field is reflected in the hundreds of successful cases they’ve had and the numerous beautiful smiles they have brought back to patients of all ages.

 

If you are looking for an orthodontist in Dubai who can bring back the smile you lost, or have always dreamed of, our certified orthodontists can absolutely help you. Our clinic is devoted to providing the best orthodontic options available. Thanks to the huge developments in the field of Orthodontics, we are now offering you treatments for different types of teeth misalignment, including retrusion, protrusion, spacing, or crowding.

 

Orthodontic MethodsLa Familia Medical Center Orthodontist Service

The orthodontic methods we provide include are:

INVISALIGN

These are removable teeth aligners made of transparent plastic, which gives them an almost invisible look.

 

METAL BRACES

Includes use of metal brackets and wire to align teeth. These are periodically adjusted to achieve ideal results.

 

CRYSTAL BRACES

Similar to metal braces but are made of a strong composite material that resembles natural teeth.

 

LINGUAL BRACES

Sometimes called “hidden braces,” these are attached on the back of the teeth so they are hidden from view.

 

Orthodontic Treatments for Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children are seen by the orthodontist at age seven. There is an ideal time to start treatment for children with an orthodontic problem. The time is not necessarily based on age, but on the stage of the child’s development.

Certain problems, like jaw underdevelopment, may require treatment at the tender age of seven, with a second stage of orthodontics after all their permanent teeth come in. Whatever age your child begins treatment, we will ensure that they receive the best treatment that they require.

Advantages of Early Treatment:

  • Moves the front teeth back so they are less susceptible to injury.
  • Improves the relationship of upper and lower jaws, encouraging better development in the future.
  • Improves facial appearance and self-esteem.
  • May avoid or reduce the need for further treatment when patients are older.

Orthodontic Treatments for Adults

With an increased awareness of the benefits of a beautiful smile, almost 50% of our Orthodontic patients are now adults. Such patients require only minor tooth movement, and others, major surgical cases with dento-facial deformities. Because adults are no longer growing, treatment is approached differently than with children.

Our Specialist Orthodontist carefully formulate adult treatments, after offering their patients different options based on their dental concerns. Many adults in Dubai do not want to have regular braces due to social concerns. In such cases, we offer INVISIBLE LINGUAL braces and INVISALIGN aligners.

Dr. MICHLEEN ELIAS YACHOU
Specialist Orthodontists

Dr. MICHLEEN ELIAS YACHOU

Specialist Orthodontists

Dr. MICHLEEN ELIAS YACHOU

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.

 

The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

 

A specialist in this field is called an orthodontist. Orthodontists receive two or more years of education beyond their four years in dental school in an ADA-approved orthodontic training program.

 

How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics?

 

Only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, an orthodontist or dentist can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

 

If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:

 

Overbite, sometimes called “buck teeth”— where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth

 

Underbite— a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back

 

Crossbite— when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally

 

Open bite— space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together

 

Misplaced midline— when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth

 

Spacing— gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth

 

Crowding— when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate

 

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?

 

Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.

 

Fixed appliances include:

 

Braces— the most common fixed appliances, braces consist of bands, wires and/or brackets. Bands are fixed around the teeth or tooth and used as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are most often bonded to the front of the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, gradually moving them to their proper position. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to bring about the desired results, which may be achieved within a few months to a few years. Today’s braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright colors for kids as well as clear styles preferred by many adults.

 

Special fixed appliances— used to control thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, these appliances are attached to the teeth by bands. Because they are very uncomfortable during meals, they should be used only as a last resort.

 

Fixed space maintainers— if a baby tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer is used to keep the space open until the permanent tooth erupts. A band is attached to the tooth next to the empty space, and a wire is extended to the tooth on the other side of the space.

 

Removable appliances include:

 

Aligners— an alternative to traditional braces for adults, serial aligners are being used by an increasing number of orthodontists to move teeth in the same way that fixed appliances work, only without metal wires and brackets. Aligners are virtually invisible and are removed for eating, brushing and flossing.

 

Removable space maintainers— these devices serve the same function as fixed space maintainers. They’re made with an acrylic base that fits over the jaw, and have plastic or wire branches between specific teeth to keep the space between them open.

 

Jaw repositioning appliances— also called splints, these devices are worn on either the top or lower jaw, and help train the jaw to close in a more favorable position. They may be used for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).

 

Lip and cheek bumpers — these are designed to keep the lips or cheeks away from the teeth. Lip and cheek muscles can exert pressure on the teeth, and these bumpers help relieve that pressure.

 

Palatal expander — a device used to widen the arch of the upper jaw. It is a plastic plate that fits over the roof of the mouth. Outward pressure applied to the plate by screws force the joints in the bones of the palate to open lengthwise, widening the palatal area.

 

Removable retainers — worn on the roof of the mouth, these devices prevent shifting of the teeth to their previous position. They can also be modified and used to prevent thumb sucking.

 

Headgear — with this device, a strap is placed around the back of the head and attached to a metal wire in front, or face bow. Headgear slows the growth of the upper jaw, and holds the back teeth where they are while the front teeth are pulled back.

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