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An Orthodontist treats dental and jaw displacement. These are common causes of chronic diseases (such as gastric and intestinal problems due to poor chewing and bite functions, bad posture and resulting back pain, twisted back, headaches caused by tension, and so forth).

If someone falls down, for example, protruding teeth are particularly at risk. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean and can cause cavities and gum disease. A deep bite can cause damage to the surrounding tissue. Improper bite functions (such as crossbite) may make your face look skewed and cause asymmetry throughout your body. The main purpose of orthodontics is to prevent the development of these medical conditions. Especially for children, a regular check-up and, if necessary, the right treatment is highly recommended.

Beautiful teeth and an appealing smile are also the calling card of every person. When you look at someone, the first thing that you see is their face, especially their mouth—so why not correct any misalignment if possible? Neat and straight teeth and a beautiful smile contribute greatly to a pleasing and well-groomed appearance and boost self-confidence at any age. Especially if you wear Invisalign Braces, which are almost invisible, there is no reason to miss out on a beautiful smile.

Do You Require Orthodontic Treatment?

Only an Orthodontist or a Dentist with orthodontic experience can determine whether orthodontic treatment for functional or cosmetic reasons is required. In order to make a comprehensive diagnosis, we need your complete medical and dental health history, a clinical examination, impressions of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographic images are desirable. Based on this data, the Orthodontist or Dentist can decide whether orthodontic treatment is recommended in a specific case and can work out a suitable treatment plan for you in order to obtain beautiful, straight teeth.

If any of the following applies to you, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:

  • An Overbite: The upper front teeth are too far forward over the lower teeth.
  • An Underbite: This is where the teeth of the lower jaw are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back.
  • An Open Bite: There is a gap between the biting edge of the front teeth and/or the chewing surfaces of the back teeth when the back teeth are clenched.
  • Non-symmetrical Centre Line: When the centre of the upper front teeth do not form a line with the centre of the lower front teeth.
  • Irregular Spacing: Gaps or spaces between the teeth caused by a missing tooth or teeth that do not completely fill the jaw.
  • Crowding: When sufficient space for the teeth is not available on the alveolar ridge.

Treatment Options Available.

With modern dental progression, fixed braces or surgery are not always necessary. There are many different devices, both fixed and removable, which can help move teeth by applying slight pressure to the jaw and teeth, thus causing muscles to adjust, as well as influencing jaw growth. Based on the nature and severity of the problem, the orthodontist will determine what treatment has the greatest promise of success in each case: The most common orthodontic braces, such as multi-bracket devices, consist of brackets, ribbons, or wires. Bands are fixed to the teeth and used as an anchor for the device, whereas brackets are usually attached to the front surface of a tooth. Whether braces or Invisalign, our dentists will find out which intervention is best for you.

Dr Mira Wilkinson is experienced in orthodontics and invisalign.