In this video, you’ll learn about orthodontic treatment and appliances. The presenter discusses four main categories of orthodontic treatment: growth modification, functional appliances, non-extraction treatment, and adult treatment. Growth modification modifies jaw growth during puberty. Healthcare experts do this using headgear – a strap applying force to the teeth and jaws. There are different types of headgear, such as high-pull headgear restraining maxillary growth.
There’s also a reverse pull headgear used to stimulate maxillary growth. Functional appliances like the Bionator and the Twin Block help modify growth. They work by positioning the mandible in a forward position, which stimulates bone growth at the condyles. Functional appliances influence the normal function of the mandible. They’re typically useful for patients with a mandibular deficiency. These appliances work by positioning the mandible in a forward position and stretching the facial muscles and soft tissue. Doing so improves the appearance of the profile and bite.
Non-extraction treatment treats patients without removing any teeth. It involves expanding the arches or by using braces to move the teeth into a more ideal position. Non-extraction treatment is ideal for patients with mild to moderate crowding or spacing. Adult treatment is similar to non-extraction treatment, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Adults are more likely to want to use cosmetic braces, such as ceramic braces or Invisalign.
The video is long and covers a lot of material offered by an orthodontic appliance supplier but it’s a good overview of the different types of orthodontic treatment and appliances. If you’re interested in learning more about orthodontics, it’s a good resource.