Orthodontics is when the teeth are straightened or moved in order to improve the appearance of your smile by correcting the alignment of your teeth and the way you bite together. An incorrect bite can lead to long term dental problems and even jaw and head pain. By straightening the teeth, you also help to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases as straighter teeth are easier to clean.
Who needs orthodontic treatment?
Not everyone’s teeth are perfectly straight. In fact, many people have crooked or overcrowded teeth. If your dentist thinks your teeth need straightening, he or she may recommend an orthodontic consult in order to properly diagnose the problem before proceeding.
During treatment, fixed braces or a removable appliance may be worn to gradually move teeth to their correct position in the mouth.
At what age can orthodontic treatment start?
While it is most common during childhood and adolescence, an increasing number of adults today are also opting for orthodontic treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
It varies, but it may take from 12 to 24 months to complete. For adults, treatment may take a little longer because the facial bones have stopped growing. But whatever your age, keeping your teeth and gums healthy during orthodontic treatment will help keep treatment time on track.
Our staff at Redland Dental have completed hundreds of hours of continued education in orthodontics and are confident in treating the majority of cases.
However, in severe cases where surgery may provide the best outcome, we feel a referral to a specialist can sometimes be the best option.