What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with improper positioning of teeth. Children may have an over bite, under bite, crooked teeth or a jaw displacement—which could cause eating or speech problems. Orthodontics can also be used for cosmetic purposes if the person wishes to have a better smile.

Orthodontic treatment for kids primarily helps prevent oral health issues. Children may be born with malocclusion or a bad bite, or they may obtain it over time through injury or habits, such as sucking their thumb. Whatever the problem may be, it is important to treat it right. At Appolonia Pediatric Dentistry, our orthodontists are specialized to treat most conditions successfully. Malocclusion or a “bad bite” can be capable of causing your child oral health problems in the long run. Orthodontic treatment in kids commonly uses fixed braces or removable appliances to treat misalignment of the teeth or jaws, or sometimes both.

Childrens braces & orthodontic treatment from Appolonia pediatric dental center will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future. Our specialist orthodontists welcome you to three convenient locations near your home or work in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Khalifa City.

Crooked teeth


Protruding front teeth

Cessation of habits, like thumb sucking and correcting the bite once this has stopped.

Benefits of Orthodontics Treatment

Orthodontics has additional benefits over improving cosmetic appearance. The benefits of opting for straightening the teeth include:

Improvement of self-esteem.

Reduced risk of dental caries occurring due to the collection of food particles between the teeth.

Improved function of teeth including better chewing and clearer pronunciation and speech.

Reduced risk of gum injury and trauma due to overbites and malocclusions.

Orthodontics for Children

Receiving orthodontic care earlier rather than later can greatly benefit the development of your child’s teeth and mouth, influencing their future oral health.

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Orthodontics for Teens

Getting braces for your teen can help straighten their teeth and heal any injury or misalignment. We offer metal, ceramic braces, and lingual braces.

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Aims of orthodontic treatment

  • Providing a healthy functional bite
  • Providing cosmetic correction and improving appearance
  • Preventing diseases of the teeth

Orthodontics FAQs

What causes orthodontic problems?

Most orthodontic problems (malocclusions) are inherited. These genetic problems include crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired as a result of thumb- or finger-sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth, or other causes.

Why is treatment so important?

Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, makes teeth fit better, and decreases the risk of future and potentially costly dental problems. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A malocclusion can cause tooth enamel to wear abnormally, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems simply become worse.

Why select an orthodontist?

Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities. They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn how to align and straighten teeth properly. Only those who successfully complete this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists”

When should children get a check-up with an orthodontist?

The AAO recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at first recognizing an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether an orthodontic problem is developing. Putting off a check-up with an orthodontist until a child has lost all baby teeth could be a disservice. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. A check-up no later than age 7 gives your orthodontist the opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

What is my role in treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a partnership between the patient and the orthodontist. The orthodontist provides custom-made fixed or removable appliances that use gentle pressure over time to move teeth into their proper positions. Your job is to follow the orthodontist’s instructions, keep scheduled orthodontic appointments and maintain excellent oral hygiene so you achieve your best results. You will also need to see your primary care dentist as recommended.

How long does treatment take?
Orthodontic treatment averages less than two years, but can range from one to three years. When “active” treatment ends, retainers are prescribed for most patients to keep teeth in their new positions.
How much does treatment cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on many factors, including the severity of the problem, its complexity and length of treatment. Book now your free consultation and our orthodontist will be glad to discuss the best treatment options and fees with you before treatment begins.