Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry specialising in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws.
What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
Correcting dental crowding and straightening the teeth.
If your teeth are straight, you are likely to clean your teeth more efficiently. This means you will be less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Improvement of your appearance including your smile.
Our smile is a big part of our identity, how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us. Orthodontic treatment can subtly reposition the teeth and improve self-confidence.
Correction or realignment of the teeth so that the bite is even and comfortable.
An uneven bite can result in excessive tooth wear as well as causing stress on the jaw and related muscles.
Reducing the risk of potential damage to prominent teeth.
Evidence suggests there is a higher incidence of trauma to front teeth that are protruding and therefore correcting the position of these teeth will reduce possible damage.
Facilitate other dental treatment.
Orthodontics also compliments restorative treatment, for example when replacing missing teeth or as a part of a smile makeover.
With these benefits in mind, orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.
When should I see an orthodontist?
It’s never too early and rarely too late.
Children as young as 7, can be assessed by an orthodontist for their general dental development and to identify any potential problems. Interceptive treatment can be used at this stage to minimise or avoid further complicated treatment, whilst utilising the natural growth phase.
Adults may also wish to improve their dental appearance as well as correct their bite. Orthodontic treatment can achieve significant cosmetic improvements without the need for more destructive permanent procedures. This means you are more likely to have a natural, beautiful and healthy looking smile. In some cases the improved bite and more balanced positioning of teeth can also prolong their lifespan and contribute to improved gum health.
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