What is Orthodontics
Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities of the teeth, jaws and face. Its aim is to produce a great smile, as well as a healthy and functional bite thus creating greater resistance to disease, improving personal appearance and self-confidence.
Braces work by exerting very gentle pressure on to the teeth, which slowly eases them into the desired position. The severity of the case determines treatment time but in most fixed cases this is usually between 12-24 months. Our patients attend every 6-8 weeks to have their braces adjusted.
Orthodontic treatment gives the best results when the patient gives total co-operation. Patients who fail to attend regular appointments or do not wear elastics when instructed will not get the desired results.
In some cases teeth may need to be removed to create space in order to align your teeth. We try to minimise the number of teeth extracted by using the most modern appliances and techniques. If you do require teeth to be removed your own dentist will remove them for you and we will liaise with them directly.
At the end of fixed appliance treatment all patients are provided with retainers. These are usually removable braces which must be worn as instructed in order to keep your teeth straight while they settle into their new position. Failure to wear your retainers can result in your teeth moving.