OrthodonticsOrthodontics is dental treatment carried out to overcrowding, poorly spaced teeth, cross bites, overbites, is mainly used to treat children & adolescents, but can also be beneficial for adults.. Some treatments are classed as cosmetic & patients who have slight over-crowding or crooked teeth can benefit from corrective treatment that can result in a beautiful set of evenly spaced well aligned teeth. Many of our patients tell us of the huge difference that a pleasing appearance has upon their self confidence & even their career & social achievements.
Sometimes treatment is advised when teeth are irregular which can lead to abnormal wear of teeth & can give rise to unnatural stress being exerted on supporting bones & joints. This can lead to a variety of symptoms such as migraine & other musculoskeletal pain. Occasionally more severe misalignment may require surgery. This is called orthognathic treatment & is normally only prescribed in those cases where the upper & lower jaw is significantly different in size. Cases of this nature are rare. Orthodontics is mainly used to treat children & adolescents, but can also be beneficial for adults. The Oral Hygiene Centre qualified orthodontists can give you advice & a treatment tailored to your specific needs.
Orthodontics for Adults
The good news for adults is even if you should have received orthodontic treatment as a child & did not, it’s not too late to correct overcrowding or over spacing of the teeth.
Adults may wish to consider orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons:
- Correction of problems for which there was no suitable treatment for in childhood
- Desire to improve smile by reduction of overcrowding
- Desire to improve smile by closing of gaps between teeth
- Facilitate other dental treatment required such as crown, bridge or implant work
- Assist with the treatment of gum disease & prevention of early tooth loss
- New technology means treatment can take place without wires & brackets visible
Orthodontics for Children
Children are usually referred to our practices by their General Dentist for an orthodontic assessment. Initial examination & assessment is still available under the terms of the NHS for all patients under the age of 16 years.
Following assessment your orthodontist will be able to advise if treatment is able to be carried out under the terms of the NHS or whether private treatment is recommended.
Our Practices are committed to making available an acceptable standard of treatment as permitted under the terms of the NHS. In many cases we recommend private treatment which gives us the scope to provide the superior materials, treatment & quality time & access to achieve the very best possible results.