Orthodontics – or teeth straightening – is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting the alignment and positioning of the teeth and jaws.
Orthodontic treatment can address a range of issues, including overcrowded teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and other malocclusions (misaligned teeth or jaws).
Orthodontic treatment can involve the use of braces, which are metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to the teeth and connected by wires and bands. The brackets apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position.
Traditional metal braces are a common option that involves the use of metal brackets and wires to gradually move the teeth into the desired position. Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces but use clear or tooth-coloured brackets that are less noticeable. Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces, but the brackets and wires are attached to the back of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front.
Treatment may also involve the use of other orthodontic appliances, such as retainers or aligners, depending on the patient’s specific needs. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are a popular alternative to braces. Clear aligners are custom-made, removable trays that are worn over the teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. They are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning, making them a convenient option for many patients.
The length of orthodontic treatment can vary depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues and the type of treatment used. Treatment may take anywhere from several months to several years to complete. Patients will typically need to visit us regularly for adjustments to their braces or appliances, and will need to follow a strict oral hygiene routine to maintain healthy teeth and gums during treatment.
Orthodontic treatment offers several benefits beyond just improving the appearance of the teeth. Correcting orthodontic issues can also improve the function of the teeth and jaws, making it easier to bite, chew, and speak properly. It can also improve overall oral health by reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues that can result from crowded or misaligned teeth.
Orthodontic – or teeth straightening – treatment can be a life-enhancing experience for patients, helping them achieve a beautiful, healthy smile that they can be proud of for years to come.