Orthodontics is a field of dentistry dedicated to the proper alignment of the teeth and jaw.
Dentists use orthodontic treatment systems to correct a range of problems like an underbite, overbite, or crossbite, as well as to straighten crooked teeth.
The ideal time to undergo orthodontic treatment is during childhood, while the jaw is still developing.
However, adults also have access to orthodontic care.
Straightening the teeth and jaw can not only improve the appearance of your teeth and facial features respectively, but orthodontic treatment can also enhance the overall functionality of your mouth.
Whether you are a loyal patient or newly visiting our practice, At The Gentle Dental we provide multiple types of treatments for our patients, so we can be sure to find the right solution for you.
Although both dentists and orthodontists are concerned with the health of your teeth, dentistry is a broad medical speciality that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw.
Whereas orthodontics is a speciality within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and straightening teeth.
The main aim with orthodontic treatment is to realign the positioning of the teeth, straighten your smile and leave you feeling happy and confident.
Orthodontic treatments can be used to target:
If you suffer from an overbite, underbite, overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth or jaw misalignment, you may be affected by eating or speech problems.
Malocclusion refers to misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches, meaning they do not perfectly align when they approach each other as the jaws close.
Generally referred to as a ‘bad bite,’ a person can be born with malocclusion or alternatively may become affected by it over time through injury or habits such as thumb-sucking as a child.
Malocclusion can often lead to oral health problems in the future so it is important that it is treated using the right orthodontic procedure.
In these instances, we use orthodontic treatments to alter the positioning of the teeth so you end up with a more attractive and better functioning smile.
Additionally, orthodontic treatment is popularly used for cosmetic purposes.
If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look or simply want to improve a particular aspect of your smile, then there are many non-invasive procedures available.
If you have any of the issues mentioned thus far, it is vital you have your teeth treated by a dentist to decipher what orthodontic treatment may be best for you.
It is important to treat issues as soon as possible since misaligned or improperly positioned teeth leave you with a higher risk of experiencing tooth decay and gingivitis.
If you suffer from an improper bite, it can make teeth harder to reach when brushing or more painful to floss – which can lead to poor oral hygiene in those regions of the mouth and ultimately have a detrimental effect on your oral health.
Generally, orthodontics is an effective treatment method that can be used to:
We recommend targeting issues as soon as you become aware of them. This may be in childhood or later in life.
If you target issues during childhood when your jaw is still developing, treatment can be more straightforward.
It is recommended that children have orthodontic treatment between age 7 and 13.
If you did not receive treatment as a child – all hope is not lost!
The first step of the treatment process is a thorough assessment, which includes x-rays utilised to assess the full extent of the problem and gain an overview of your oral health.
At The Gentle Dental, we are committed to providing the best possible treatment for our patients.
It is our job, not only to deliver amazing results for our patients but also to ensure you are happy, comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment.
People choose to have their treatment with us because:
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