About orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

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!

When should you see an orthodontist?

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:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Prominent teeth that stick out
  • Prominent lips or jaw position that is receding
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Inability to comfortably close lips together
  • An uneven or uncomfortable bite, often patients may also notice their jaws shift or make a noise on movement or biting
  • If your child is being teased because of their teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or cheek biting
  • Missing teeth or “gappy” appearance
  • If your child has had a cleft lip or palate
  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb sucking
  • Teeth meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • After gum disease when teeth can often become splayed or change their position
  • If your dentist is considering reconstructive dental treatment where orthodontic care could reposition certain teeth helping to improve the overall reconstruction of your teeth and bite.

Why 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.

An orthodontist has the expertise and specialised knowledge to recommend the right treatment option for you, whether that be Invisalign, conventional fixed teeth braces or invisible braces.

Book a free consultation

Come and see us for a no-obligation initial meeting with our Treatment Co-ordinator to discuss your options.

  • Identify your main concerns about your teeth and smile
  • Discuss treatment options and costs

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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!”

- Sophia B

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