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Orthodontics

Orthodontics - Smiles for everyone

You can neither be too young nor too old for an orthodontic treatment. Crowding, protruding teeth, deep overbite, open bite, spacing, crossbite and underbite can be successfully treated for both children and adults.

Problems can arise from having large gaps between your teeth as food and bacteria could get stuck between the teeth and could cause decay. Similarly, if your teeth stick out, this could cause problems with mouth ulcers and decay ort with speech problems.

Orthodontic appliances can be removable or fixed, and are custom-made. They can be made of metal, ceramic or plastic, and work by applying gentle pressure to move the teeth. Throughout treatment the orthodontist will periodically make adjustments to maintain the directional pressure required to continue the movement of the teeth.

Treatment

Sometimes it is necessary to remove teeth to gain sufficient space to align the remaining teeth. Any decayed teeth should be filled and the teeth sometimes need to be cleaned before orthodontic treatment is started.

Braces (bands, brackets and wires) are usually made of stainless steel although clear brackets are available, usually at extra cost. Braces remain on the teeth for the entire duration of treatment. Patients then attend approximately every 4-8 weeks for adjustments, wire changes, etc.

During treatment, patients may need to wear such items as rubber bands and/or headgear with their braces. These items provide important extra forces for the correction of the bite.

Orthodontic treatment can take from 6 – 24 months. Some cases may be finished earlier and others may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on the severity of the original malocclusion, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient.

At the completion of the active part of orthodontic treatment, the braces are removed and retaining appliances (retainers) are fitted to hold the teeth steady in their new position. These appliances may be removable plates or wires fitted behind the teeth and fixed. “Retainer for life”.

Retainers play an important role in orthodontic treatment for, if they are not worn according to instructions, the teeth may move back towards their original position.