What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that deals with malocclusion, or misaligned teeth. When your teeth are out of line or do not fit together properly when you bite, then one of our expert orthodontists can diagnose, treat and prevent any further problems. With modern technology, problems such as gaps between teeth, overcrowding and misalignment can easily be fixed.
When should you have Orthodontics?
Patients usually opt to have orthodontic teeth straightening procedures performed while they are still in their teenage years, whereas adults would prefer not to be seen wearing braces, but now with the introduction of invisalign invisible braces, which are discreet and effective, adults are more open to corrective treatment. Orthodontics can improve your appearance, dental health and confidence and it is never too late to enjoy such benefits.
Choosing your Clinician
Such a specialist area like orthodontic dentistry cannot be carried out by just anyone, which is why it is compulsory for our practitioners to train for many years beforehand. As a result they have collectively treated thousands of patients successfully. This treatment can be complex and is not something that can be carried out quickly, in fact restoring a healthy smile can take anywhere between six weeks to eighteen months, depending on the patient, which is why you should always make sure your clinician is qualified before letting them near your teeth!
In order to help you make an informed decision as to which treatment you want, we will always take the time to talk you through your various options amd make sure you understand the pro’s and con’s of each one. We will also need to conduct a complete and thorough orthodontic examination, which may include x-rays if necessary. you are encouraged to ask any questions to put your mind at rest and help you decide on a suitable treatment. We will advise you but the decision is yours.
What is the Right Solution for Me?
Every patient is unique, which is why we will need to assess your needs with your co-operation. But from traditional fixed braces to the newer removable, invisible braces, we are proud to be able to offer patients all the modern orthodontic solutions. Together we will find the right treatment for you.
The traditional option is fixed braces, commonly know as “train tracks”, which are to be worn permanently until treatment is complete. Braces are made up of brackets connected by arches, which are fixed to your teeth with an adhesive. Patients can have metal braces or ceramic braces, which are tooth coloured to blend in. They work by slowly pulling your teeth into a better position over time with gentle pressure and are adjusted occasionally. There is a discreet variation known as lingual braces, which work the same way but can be attached to the back of your teeth instead, out of sight.
Before and After