WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?
Orthodontics focusses on the position of your teeth as well as the growth and shape of your facial and jaw structure. The specialist who will treats patients is referred to as an Orthodontist.
Why do I need orthodontic treatment?
If you have been referred for orthodontic treatment or your dentist is recommending orthodontics (commonly referred to as braces) then it is likely that you are experiencing one of the dental conditions shown below (images courtesy of Colgate)
How will orthodontic treatment help me?
Assuming that you follow the guidance of the orthodontist, after treatment you may experience the following:
Reduced pain in the teeth, gums, jaw, head, neck, back and shoulders.
Visually improved teeth, face or jaw.
Easier experience when brushing and trying to maintain good dental hygiene
How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
Typically your dentiist will identify an issue and refer you to us for assessment by our orthodontic specialist. The orthodontist will then decide whether treatment is necessary and recommend the next best steps.
How will an orthodontist improve my teeth?
Orthodontists use lots of appliances to improve their patients oral condition. Some examples include:
Fixed braces: braces that are not removed during your treatment)
Space maintainers: fixed or removable appliances that maintain the spaces between teeth)
Removable braces: braces that can be temporarily removed during your treatment)
Aligners: clear appliances used to straighten your teeth without traditional fixed metal braces)
Jaw repositioning appliances: Used to gradually encourage your jaw to open and close in a comfortable and aligned manner
Bumpers: Used to avoid your lips or cheeks making excessive contact with your teeth
Palatal expander: Used to broaden the arch of your upper jaw
Retainers: Removable appliance that retains the position of the your teeth after initial orthodontic treatment
Headgear: Used to restrict the growth of your upper jaw and holds your back teeth where they are whilst the front teeth are pulled back.
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