Orthodontics is the area of dentistry relating to straightening or moving teeth to improve their appearance and how they function. It can also help to look after the long-term health of the teeth, gums and jaw-joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all the teeth.
Dental and facial irregularities can be present in both children and adults and there are many people who have crowded or crooked teeth. The technical term for orthodontic problems is malocclusion, which simply means bad bite.
There is no doubt that improvements in personal appearance contribute to greater mental and physical well-being. Creating a beautiful smile through orthodontics is a reliable way of improving the health of your teeth as well as your self-esteem. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve one’s general attitude toward life.
The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the diagnosis and identification of facial disharmony and dental abnormality, as well as design and application of appropriate treatment. Our Specialist Orthodontist is able to advise on the appropriate treatment from the wide range of options available.
There are different types of braces on offer and our Specialist is able to describe the benefits and disadvantages of each option during the consultation and within the written report:
- Fixed braces
- Stainless Steel fixed braces
- Coloured braces
- Tooth-coloured braces
- Incognito braces
- Removable braces
- Functional or Orthopaedic braces
The length of treatment depends on how severe the problem is, and may take anything from a few months to over 2 years. Most people can be treated in 1 or 2 years. Orthodontic appliances usually need adjusting every 4 to 6 weeks.