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What is meant by orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is the branch of dentistry provided by an orthodontist. It is used to straighten or move teeth, either so that the appearance of the teeth is better or so that they function better. Orthodontic treatment will also have a role to play in safeguarding the long-term health of the teeth, gums and also the joints of the jaw. It does this by ensuring pressure is even through the bite.
Why would I need to have an Orthodontist near me for orthodontic treatment?
A lot of people have crooked, misaligned or uneven teeth. Orthodontic treatment procedure is used to correct the position of the teeth or to move them gradually into a position that is straighter and more effective. This will not only improve appearance and the way the teeth meet (the bite) but will also make cleaning easier.
Front teeth that stick out (buck teeth, or overbite) affect quite a few people and can look unsightly. The fact that these teeth are prominent leaves them more vulnerable to damage. Orthodontic treatment will be used very effectively to move them back into line. If the upper and lower jaws meet asymmetrically this can also make teeth looked misaligned. Orthodontic treatment may be used to correct either of these common problems.
When teeth don't meet together properly, strain can be put on the muscles of the jaw, and that may cause joint and jaw problems and can also give rise to headaches. Orthodontic treatment will be able to achieve a more even bite and reduce strain in these areas.
At what age should orthodontic treatment be carried out?
Childhood is the best time to make corrections, but many adults have orthodontic treatment options too. Having enough teeth to benefit from orthodontic treatment is more relevant than an arbitrary age. Sometimes orthodontic treatment in children will have to be delayed so that enough teeth come through before treatment starts.
Who will carry out my orthodontic treatment?
It is possible that your dentist will carry out orthodontic treatment. Alternatively, he or she may refer you for treatment to a specialist called an orthodontist.
Firstly, you will need a full examination. This will involve examining your teeth and taking x-rays as well as the making of plaster cast models of your teeth. Your dental team or orthodontist will then explain what kind of treatment will be advisable for your particular problem.
Will extraction of teeth be necessary to allow for the treatment?
The problem may be that as children's teeth come in there is not room enough for all of them. If this is the case, some permanent teeth may need to be taken out to make space. Your dental team will tell you whether this is what needs to be done.
How is orthodontic treatment carried out?
There are several ways to carry out orthodontic treatment using appliances commonly known as 'braces'.
What are removable appliances?
A removable brace is a simple form of treatment using a plate that can be taken out and cleaned. It works with delicate wires and springs that are attached to them and that move the teeth using a gentle pressure.
What is meant by a functional appliance?
Sometimes it is possible to change the way the jaw grows, and this is accomplished by using a functional brace. It works by using the power of the jaw muscles themselves and can be helpful in certain conditions.
What is meant by a fixed appliance?
Sometimes teeth need to be moved with more accuracy than it is possible to accomplish with a removable brace. In this case a fixed brace will be used. Brackets and bands will be temporarily stuck onto the teeth. A flexible wire will join the brackets and allow the teeth to move into the desired position and can only be removed by a dentist.
I've heard headgear mentioned. What is that?
As well as a fitted brace some people will also need to be fitted with headgear. The headgear is usually only worn in the evenings or at night. Following directions precisely is important in this instance as failure to do so my leave your front teeth sticking out at the end of treatment.
What material are the brackets made of?
Not all fixed orthodontic braces are made of metal. Plastic and ceramic are also sometimes used, especially in adult treatment.
What is meant by elastics?
Delicate elastic bands are sometimes attached to a fixed brace to assist tooth movement. Your orthodontist will let you know if you need elastics.
What is meant by the term 'invisible braces'?
Invisible braces are tough, 'aligners' or moulds made of clear plastic and applied to straighten teeth. Several sets of bespoke moulded, slightly differing aligners will be made for each patient. Each of the aligners is worn for a period of two weeks and then replaced with another one to progress the treatment. Because they are made from clear plastic, they are nearly invisible. This invisibility means that nobody will need to know you are having your teeth straightened.
The aligners will be worn for 22 to 23 hours a day to achieve the best results. They are easily removed for eating meals and drinking, brushing your teeth, and for cleaning and flossing between the teeth.
How long will the treatment take?
The length of treatment will depend on how severe the problem is. It might take from a few months to about two-and-a-half years to have a full orthodontic treatment. However, most treatment is completed in one to two years.
What happens after the teeth are moved into the correct position?
At completion of treatment the teeth will still need to be held in the correct position for a period of time. The 'retention' period comes with 'retainers' to hold the teeth in place
The retainers will hold the newly straightened teeth in the corrected position to allow the gum and bone surrounding them to settle. The retainers may be of the fixed or removable type.
How many visits to the dentist will I need?
Orthodontic braces will need adjusting, on average every 4 to 6 weeks. Your orthodontist will tell you how often you need to attend surgery for the brace to be adjusted.
Does this kind of treatment hurt?
All appliances may feel strange at first, and can cause discomfort. If the problem doesn't go away, the orthodontist may be able to carry out adjustments to help. Teeth are usually uncomfortable immediately after a brace has been adjusted, but this will settle.
How successful is this treatment likely to be?
Success of this kind of treatment will depend on how compliant and enthusiastic the patient is and on the skill of the orthodontist. At Dentists Near Me we offer you the chance to compare orthodontists near you to find the right one for you. It is always important that you follow all the instructions your orthodontist gives you and that you keep all your appointments.
Can having orthodontic treatment damage my teeth?
You need to look after your teeth properly during treatment to achieve a good and trouble free result. The orthodontic braces will not damage your teeth but poor cleaning and having too much sugary drink or food might lead to your teeth sustaining permanent damage. Food can become trapped in brackets, wires and in braces. When this happens increased plaque can build up and so it is important to clean your appliance and your teeth very well, especially after eating.
Will my orthodontic work be permanent?
Even after you have worn the retainer for the prescribed time it is quite normal that there will be minor movement of teeth throughout your life. For that reason there can be no life long guarantee. It would be unusual, however, for teeth to move enough for more treatment to be necessary.
How do I make an enquiry about having orthodontic treatment?
Dentists Near Me has a full list of orthodontics clinics and orthodontists near you that specialise in orthodontic treatment.
How do I care for my teeth and any orthodontic braces properly?
Regular check-ups by your dental team during your orthodontic treatment are essential for a good result. You will also have to pay special attention to your teeth cleaning and to keeping your mouth healthy :
Clean your teeth with care each day and that includes careful cleaning between your teeth. Braces are delicate and you will need to ensure you clean them very carefully while taking care not to break them. You will be shown the special techniques you need to use by your dental team.
Cut down on sugary food and drinks. Also try not to have sticky and hard foods that may cause damage to your brace.
Always brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time everyday. You can use a mouthwash too. Your dental team might suggest a stronger fluoride toothpaste, a fluoride gel or a specific mouth rinse for you to use.
What is the cost of having orthodontic braces fitted privately?
Although it is widely available, private orthodontics treatment in UK can be expensive. According to the British Orthodontics Society, orthodontic braces cost vary depending on different areas in UK, but will usually be about £ 2,000 to £ 2,500 although they can be much higher. Private treatment will give you a wider choice of braces, including the clear brace or invisible brace option. Out-of-pocket expenses will probably be higher when you select non-metal braces. If you have Dental Coverage check your policy to see what you re entitled to.
How much will braces cost if my insurance does cover them?
Quite a few dental insurance plans will cover Invisalign treatment in the same way as they would cover other orthodontic treatments like metal braces. Plans might cover up to £ 3,500 towards treatment with Invisalign treatment. Always check in advance how much you're covered for
What's the best age to have braces?
The ideal age for orthodontic treatment is at around 12 and 13 while the child is still growing. Improvements in adults are more limited and it is more likely that surgery may be needed.