Orthodontics are an important dentistry speciality that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of teeth and jaws that are poorly positioned and causing the patient functional or cosmetic problems.
Orthodontic treatment can be used to address a range of different problems related to teeth and jaw alignment. These include:
There are several different types of orthodontic treatment available, and our orthodontic team will be delighted to talk you through the options that are suitable to address your dental issues and help you pick the right one for you. The following are two of the most well-known orthodontic treatment options currently available.
Orthodontic braces are probably the most well-known of all orthodontic treatments. In the past, they were huge, metal contraptions worn over the teeth that were highly noticeable and caused many adolescents to develop unpleasant nicknames and be the subject of cruel taunts. However, today the design of orthodontic braces has improved immensely, and they are now so mainstream, no-one bats an eyelid at a teenager with them. In addition to being smaller and more discreet than before, they are also available in a range of colors, enabling young people to turn their braces into a fashion accessory as well as an orthodontic device.
Orthodontic braces work by exerting gentle continuous pressure onto your teeth and jaws to move them into the desired position. This is done using the brackets, wires and bands that form part of the braces. You will need to visit your orthodontist fairly regularly, usually around every 8 weeks, so that adjustments to your brace can be made which further guide your teeth and jaw into their new position.
Exactly how long you will need to wear braces will depend on the extent which your teeth and jaw need to be moved. Most adolescents will find that their treatment program lasts between one and two years. In addition to metal braces, it is also now possible to have braces with ceramic brackets – something which makes them much more discreet than the all-metal varieties.
Many people have heard of InvisalignÒ but don’t fully understand how it works. InvisalignÒ is a treatment program that works in the same was as conventional braces, forcing teeth into a new and improved position. However, it does this using a series of transparent, plastic aligners that sit over the top of the teeth. Each aligner must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day, and only be removed for the patient to eat and clean both the aligner and their teeth. Failure to wear the aligners for the allotted time can prevent the treatment from working and significantly affect the results.
Since they are made from clear plastic, many patients who choose InvisalignÒ do so because of the discretion that the treatment affords. They are virtually invisible when in place, meaning that you can smile, talk and laugh without worrying about showing a mouth full of metal. Similarly, the aligners can be removed when eating. This means that patients who choose InvisalignÒ aren’t restricted in the foods that they eat like wearers of conventional braces are.
Our knowledgeable dental team have extensive experience in providing orthodontic dental solutions to our satisfied patients and helping them achieve the smile transformation that they deserve. For more information, or to schedule an appointment to our dental practice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.