What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a speciality of dentistry concerned with the straightening of teeth.

Why would I need to see a specialist orthodontist?

Specialist orthodontists are formally trained and certified in the field of orthodontics and can uniquely offer the full range of orthodontic treatment options allowing you to achieve the best possible result.

Who can have orthodontic treatment?

There are no age restrictions for orthodontic treatment. Typically, you will have to be referred by your dentist to assess suitability for treatment and discuss possible options available.

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

Treatment starts with the orthodontist conducting a detailed examination, supplemented with x-rays and an 'impression' of your teeth. This will allow a correct diagnosis and formulate an accurate course of treatment specific to you.

Braces can be removable or fixed onto the teeth, metal, ceramic (white) or plastic (clear). They can be placed on the outer surface or inside (hidden) of the teeth.

Orthodontic treatment typically involves 2 phases both using either a fixed or removable brace. The initial or 'active' phase of treatment deals with the straightening of teeth followed by a 'retentive' phase that aims to keep the teeth in their corrected position.

Fitting a brace is a relatively straight forward procedure and involves limited discomfort. The fixed brace comprises of individual brackets that are cemented onto the teeth and then connected by a wire that allows the teeth to be moved.

Your brace will need to be adjusted every 4 to 6 weeks and average active treatment time is approximately 18 months.

How successful is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is exceptionally successful. The aesthetic improvement in addition to the often functional benefit from orthodontic treatment should not be underestimated. The majority of people who have their teeth straightened feel a new sense of confidence from their improved smile!

What types of orthodontic treatment are on offer at Bishops Park Dental centre?

We offer the full range of orthodontic treatment:

  • Removable braces – are made of a plastic plate with wires and clips attached to it. They are typically used for simple tooth movements or in conjunction with fixed braces.
  • Functional braces – a 2 part plastic brace that fits over the top and bottom teeth in an attempt to correct the fit of the upper and the lower teeth.
  • Fixed metal braces – metal brace fitted on the outer surface of teeth.
  • Fixed ceramic braces – aesthetically pleasing white braces fitted to the outer surface of the teeth.
  • Fixed Lingual braces – metal braces fitted to the inside of the teeth and therefore hidden and invisible to other people.
  • Invisible braces – a series of clear removable braces worn in succession to correct mild tooth irregularities.

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