Learn the Meanings of Common Dental Terminology

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Orthodontics

This is a dental profession specialty that concerns itself with proper bite.  Orthodontists want you to have perfect straight teeth. If they are not, they can attach wires that help force teeth to align properly. We call them braces. Modern techniques include the product Invisalign and Suresmile. Retainers are used as a post therapy to maintain teeth in their proper position sometimes for six months or more.

Diastema‬

‪This is the space that appears in a person’s top front teeth known as the upper maxillary central incisor. A good example of a famous person with Diastema is David Letterman. Some cultures regard it as sexy or sign of fertility.

Many don’t want to fix the space but, for those who do the general treatment has been in the form of braces for 12-24 months. Other quicker cosmetic corrections include bonded composites between the teeth if they are already pretty close together or with porcelain veneers if they are farther apart.