What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth to  improve appearance and how they work. It can also help to look after the long term health of teeth, gums and jaw by spreading the bite pressure over the teeth evenly.

Why should I have orthodontic treatment?

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten teeth or move them into a better position. This not only improves the appearance of teeth but also makes them easier to clean.
Jaw alignment is another problem that can be helped by orthodontic treatment. When teeth don’t meet correctly, it can put strain on the muscles of the jaw causing problems such as headaches and joint problems.

Frequently asked questions…

What age should I have treatment? Orthodontic treatment is generally best done as a child but adults can have treatment too. Most important is having the right number of teeth.

How many visits will it take? Appliances usually need adjusting every 4 to 8 weeks. The Orthodontist will inform you how often you will need to visit.

Is orthodontic work permanent? The success of your treatment will be aided by keeping excellent oral hygiene and following any instructions given by your orthodontist during treatment, as well as wearing your retainers following treatment. It is normal for teeth to move slightly after treatment.

Types of Orthodontics

There are many different types of orthodontic appliances available depending on your age, the complexity of your teeth and your lifestyle preferences. At Smart Dental Care, we provide several variations of the types below and can offer FREE consultations for patients who are interested.

Children’s orthodontics

– Fixed, metal braces or ‘train tracks’ are most commonly used for children but other, tooth-coloured or removable options are available.

Fixed appliances

– These appliances use small brackets that are fixed to your teeth and a wire that is adjusted to gradually change the position of the teeth.

Removable appliances

– This method uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. To some, they are more desirable as they can be taken out when eating, but they rely on the patient wearing them. The systems we can offer that use this type of appliance are Invisalign.