About Your Orthodontic Care
What is Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work.
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.
Why might I need Orthodontic Treatment?
Common reasons for having orthodontic treatment are:
- To improve the appearance of the teeth and face. Perhaps your teeth have become more crowded with age or have started to drift following gum disease.
- To move teeth prior to crown or bridgework.
- To improve the health of teeth and gums
- To improve the function I.e. to make it easier to eat.
How will I know if I’m suitable for Orthodontic Treatment?
Age is not a limiting factor, it is more often dependent on the type of bite you have, the position of your teeth and the condition of your teeth and gums.
At the stage of initial consultation the dentists will assess the feasibility of providing orthodontic treatment. One of the most important aspects of treatment planning is establishing good basic dental health.
What types of Orthodontic treatment are available?
Fixed Braces – There are those which are known as fixed braces, these are fixed to the teeth and cannot removed. They can be used when a number of teeth need to be corrected, or when the treatment needs to be precise to prevent problems in the future.
Removable Braces – The second type are those which can be removed for cleaning, known as removable braces. Removable braces can be used to correct minor problems, such as slightly crooked teeth.
What are the benefits?
Orthodontics plays an important role in improving overall oral health. Orthodontics also helps create balance and harmony between the teeth and face for a beautiful, healthy smile. An attractive smile enhances one’s self esteem, which may actually improve the quality of life itself. Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush, and thereby may decrease the tendency to decay, or to develop diseases of the gum and supporting bone.
Because of the individual conditions present and the limitations of treatment imposed by nature, each specific benefit may not be attainable for every patient. The unknown factor in any orthodontic correction is the treatment response and cooperation of the patient during orthodontic treatment.
How long does treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on how severe the problem is, and may take anything from a few months to two-and-a-half years. Each case is different and your dentist will be able to advise you of approximate timings related to your treatment. Most people can be treated in one to two years.