What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that deals with Malocclusion, which means diagnosing, preventing and treating teeth that are positioned wrong in the mouth and do not fit together properly. Problems that cause this can include crooked teeth and overcrowding, which affects your bite, can be painful, and increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. However with modern technology such problems can be fixed and your teeth repositioned to improve your dental health as well as your appearance.
When should you have Orthodontics?
Teeth straightening tends to be done during a patient’s teenage years when the teeth are still developing but with more modern treatments such as invisalign invisible braces proving to be much more discreet, more adults are choosing to undergo treatment as well these days. Straightening teeth improves overall dental health, appearance and confidence.
Orthodontics can treat the following problems:
- Open bite
- Asymmetrical teeth
Choosing your clinician
Orthodontics is a highly specialised area of dentistry and our clinicians have trained for many years and treated thousands of cases successfully. It can take anywhere from as little as six weeks to eighteen months to create that perfect smile but our skilled practitioners will make sure it is worth the wait. Orthodontic treatment can be complex and so you should always check your clinician is an expert in the field before starting treatment.
When we first meet you we always take the time to talk you through the various treatments, as well as the benefits of each one, in order to find the right treatment for you. In order to allow us to effectively plan your case we will need to complete a comprehensive orthodontic examination that may include x-rays if necessary. When we talk through the treatment options available to you we encourage you to ask any questions so you can decide what treatment is right for your needs.
What is the right solution for me?
We pride ourselves on being able to offer patients everything available in modern orthodontics, from fixed braces that you cannot see to invisible braces. We also treat patients using removable and fixed alternatives. The right treatment for you depends on your needs but the right solution could be one of the following:
Fixed braces (train tracks) are fitted permanently until the teeth have been sufficiently straightened. The fixed braces may be total or partial, depending on how many teeth are affected, and are comprised of brackets interconnected by metallic and elastic arches, which are fastened to the teeth with an adhesive substance. There are metal braces, ceramic braces (which are “tooth-coloured“) and lingual braces (a more discreet option) available. Braces are adjusted periodically and work by applying gentle pressure to your teeth. This will gradually push them into better positions over time, correcting rotated teeth and closing gaps.
Invisalign braces are a more advanced form of dental braces that are favoured by many adults due to their near-invisibility. This discreet way of straightening your teeth takes the form of plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and, like dental braces, gently reposition them over time. Not only are they transparent and barely noticeable but they are also easy to live with. While they won’t affect your speech, they can easily be removed for eating and cleaning and just as easily be put back in. Treatment time will vary between 3 months and two years, depending on how severe your problem is.
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