What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry. Specialist Orthodontists are dentists who study for an extra three years to attain the necessary qualifications and experience. Orthodontics is the study of growth and development of the teeth and jaws and treatment to provide a pleasing smile and good functioning teeth.
Why is Orthodontics Important?
Straight teeth are easier to clean and will aid in saving your teeth for life. A good bite will preserve the integrity of the tooth enamel and prevent jaw joint problems. A pleasing smile is important for your well-being and will give you the confidence to achieve your goals in life.
What are Braces?
Braces are the appliances which the Orthodontist uses to align your teeth and improve your bite. They can either be removable or fixed (train-tracks). Various types are available including the ceramic tooth coloured cosmetic brackets. Many other types are available and are used for specific problems. This will be discussed with you at your consultation.
How long treatment take?
Simple treatment with a removable appliance can take as little as four to six months. More comprehensive treatment with fixed appliances takes between fifteen and eighteen months but can be as long as two years. Patients are seen between 4-6 weeks for adjustments to their appliances.
When should your child be seen?
Children are generally referred by their own dentist who will monitor their progress and refer when necessary. It is sometimes useful for an Orthodontist to see a child at nine or ten years of age to monitor growth and development. Most comprehensive forms of treatment are carried out between twelve and fourteen years of age once most of the permanent teeth are in the mouth. If in doubt ask your dentist or contact us for a consultation.
Is treatment suitable for adults?
Orthodontic treatment is definitely suitable for adults and more and more adults are having treatment. Treatment options are limited due to lack of growth, previous extractions or large restorations but fantastic improvements can be made. Don’t sit at home wondering what can be done for you. Contact us to discuss the options.