Common enough in our days, orthodontic treatments and benefits are still unknown to many, at a great risk to their dental health.
Orthodontics is a dental speciality that aims to improve the position and function of misaligned teeth and, hence, its appearance. The goal of orthodontics and of orthodontists is correcting misalignment and malocclusion, as well as preventing all the dental issues that those can lead to.
Orthodontic treatment always depends on each patient’s specific problems, which define the type of appliances and the duration of the process. When the appliances are worn correctly patients are able to achieve enhanced results within 18-24 months.
Orthodontic procedures are aimed at patients whose teeth or jaw don’t develop in the usual way, causing discomfort, overcrowded teeth and difficulty to perform a good oral hygiene. You can also need treatment because of wisdom teeth stressing your other teeth or if misalignment due to tooth loss prevents you from having teeth implants in London.
PERFORMING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
There are usually three stages to orthodontic treatment: consultation, treatment and aftercare: 1. ASSESSMENT. At the beginning of your treatment, your orthodontist will assess the state of your teeth and how are they most likely to develop. X-rays and plaster moulds of your teeth can help your orthodontist advise you on which are your best treatment options and its results. 2. ORTHODONTIC BRACES. Orthodontic treatment consists on correcting the position of your teeth and bite with the use of appliances. Depending on your needs and preferences, you may be able to choose from a range of options for your treatment: a) Fixed braces are non-removable appliances usually made with brackets glued to each tooth and connected to each other with metal wires. This are the most common type of orthodontic braces. London’s dental practices generally use this appliances to treat NHS patients and a choice of ceramic or plastic braces for private patients. b) Removable braces are appliances that can be taken off the mouth for a limited amount of time, usually for eating and cleaning. If your case is not severe and have the chance to be a patient in a cosmetic dental clinic, you can have treatment with invisible braces for better hygiene, convenience and comfort. c) Functional appliances are usually part of removable braces, designed to fit on the upper and lower teeth. Those are generally used to correct limited misalignment issues in children. d) Headgear is usually worn at night to increase the corrective effect of some of the above mentioned appliances. 3. RETAINERS. You will generally wear retainers during the final stage of your treatment to hold the newly fixed teeth in place while the supporting gum and bone adjust. However, your teeth may slightly move when you stop wearing those, as changes in the mouth structure are common to the ageing process.
Make an appointment with our Orthodontist specialist at Perfect Smile today and make sure you choose the right treatment for your teeth.