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WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?


Orthodontics is the specialist area of dentistry concerned with the development of the jaws and teeth. It aims to diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatment aims to guide the teeth into the correct positions so that they look good in the face as a whole and bite together well. Our clinics have been set up to provide the highest standards of treatment using the latest techniques and equipment in the most comfortable of surroundings. This site has been provided with the aim of telling you more about both ourselves and orthodontic treatment in general. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions that you may have.

WHAT DOES ORTHODONTICS MEAN?



Orthodontics is the term given to the branch of dentistry concerned with diagnosis prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The aims of orthodontic treatment are to provide an attractive smile with healthy teeth and jaw joints.

WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIST?


An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone specialised training to acquire the advanced qualifications and specialised skills required to give their patients first class treatment. Orthodontists continually upgrade these skills by attending postgraduate courses and conferences to ensure they have and can use the best available techniques and materials.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TREATMENT?


- Better appearance of teeth, smile and face.


- Improved self esteem and self confidence. Cleaner, healthier teeth.


- An even bite for improved jaw alignment and function.

AT WHAT AGE MAY I START TREATMENT?


Ideally, children should be seen for their initial assessment between the ages of 9 and 11 years. This will allow the child's growth and changing dentition to be monitored until all baby teeth have been lost and treatment can begin. Obviously all cases are individual, and some children may start treatment at a younger age. However, you are never too old to start orthodontic treatment, and people of all ages can reap the benefits. Treatment may take a little while longer in adults, but the end result is just as pleasing.

WHAT DOES TREATMENT INVOLVE?


Usually, treatment involves wearing braces fixed to your teeth for between 18 and 24 months. The procedure is painless, although some tenderness may be felt as the teeth start to move. In some cases you may be required to wear more than one brace. During the treatment time the teeth and braces should be kept scrupulously clean, and there are a few foods to be avoided such as hard, chewy and sticky things. Full instruction will be given when you have your brace fitted.

HOW DO I LOOK AFTER MY BRACE?

WHAT IF I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY BRACE?