Orthodontics is so much more than just straight teeth. It is a specialised branch of dentistry focused on the development of teeth, jaw and facial structure. The goal of treatment is not only to recreate a beautiful smile but also to establish a good bite – this means straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw (occlusion). A good occlusion can make it easier for you to bite, chew and speak which can enhance your dental health and may also improve self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment is considered part of a comprehensive dental healthcare plan. With good care, including orthodontic treatment when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime!
Patients of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment, although treatment is ideal in childhood or teenage years when the jaws are still growing. If you, or your child, have any of the following it may be time to seek the advice of an orthodontist:
An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. Following dental school, orthodontists undertake several years of practice in the fields of dentistry such as surgery, complex and general dentistry, or children's dentistry before spending a further three-to-five years in advanced training. This enables them to learn the proper way to correct misaligned teeth and jaws, creating a healthy bite and contributing to oral health.
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“I just wanted to let you know how much your hard work has been appreciated. My new smile has given me confidence and I don’t feel self conscious about my teeth when I talk to people. It’s amazing how much having straight teeth has affected and will affect my life. Whether it may be a holiday photo, a wedding picture, or even just a fun snap with friends; I know that I don’t regret smiling!”